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[fawr-lok, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌlɒk, ˈfoʊr-/
the lock of hair that grows from the fore part of the head.
(of a horse) a tuft of hair above or on the forehead.
Origin of forelock1
1640-50; fore- + lock2; probably not continuous with Old English foreloccas (plural), attested once


[fawr-lok, fohr-] /ˈfɔrˌlɒk, ˈfoʊr-/
a pin or flat wedge passed through a hole near the end of a threadless bolt to fasten parts together.
verb (used with object)
to fasten by means of a forelock.
1275-1325; Middle English forelok. See fore-, lock1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • You are as obstinate as Deacon Stumps' forelock, that wouldn't lie down and couldn't stand up.

    Our American Cousin Tom Taylor
  • He pulled his forelock as he spoke, and put on the air of a charity-schoolboy.

    The Children of Wilton Chase Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • If you seize her by the forelock, you may hold her; but if suffered to escape, not Jupiter himself can catch her again.

  • Toglet took time by the forelock, and fled to the Southwest.

    The Young Bridge-Tender Arthur M. Winfield
  • "I'm afeared the little lady will soil her pretty frock," he remarked, with another pull at his forelock.

    Reels and Spindles Evelyn Raymond
  • He hesitated, biting his lip and plucking absently the tangles from the forelock of his horse.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • He stopped, pushed his hat back and pulled his forelock as if for more inspiration.

    Leerie Ruth Sawyer
  • And I could n't bring him home by the forelock when I had my arms full of lambs.

    The Wrong Woman Charles D. Stewart
  • He glanced up with a shy, very good-natured smile, touched his forelock to Rosewarne, and went on whispering to the bird.

    Shining Ferry Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Beck smiled a pale, hungry smile, and pulled his forelock politely.

    Lucretia, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
British Dictionary definitions for forelock


a lock of hair growing or falling over the forehead
a lock of a horse's mane that grows forwards between the ears


a wedge or peg passed through the tip of a bolt to prevent withdrawal
(transitive) to secure (a bolt) by means of a forelock
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for forelock

"lock of hair growing above the forehead," Old English forelocca; see fore- + lock (n.2).

"Opportunity has hair in front, behind she is bald; if you seize her by the forelock, you may hold her; but, if she once escapes, not Jupiter himself can catch her again." ["Dictionary of Latin Quotations, Proverbs, Maxims and Mottos," H.T. Riley, London, 1866]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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