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kerbstone

[kurb-stohn] /ˈkɜrbˌstoʊn/
noun, British.
1.

curbstone

[kurb-stohn] /ˈkɜrbˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
one of the stones, or a range of stones, forming a curb, as along a street.
Also, British, kerbstone.
Origin of curbstone
1785-1795
First recorded in 1785-95; curb + stone
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Examples from the Web for kerbstone
Historical Examples
  • The wheels of a cab grazed the kerbstone, a murmured direction followed.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • A carriage was drawn up by the kerbstone; the doors of it were open.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • In Queen Victoria Street he stopped on the kerbstone, and looked about him.

    Love and the Ironmonger

    F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • The cab-door slammed, the wheels ground on the kerbstone, my début was over.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • He fell down on th' kerbstone and wouldn't get up-- turned sulky like.

    The Book of the Bush George Dunderdale
  • He stood there on the kerbstone, and all they could do 'e wouldn't budge.

    The Nest Egg W.W. Jacobs
  • In five minutes the dull noise of the kerbstone market in Broad Street had leapt to a high note of frantic interrogation.

    Trent's Last Case E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
  • A file of waiting carriages lined the kerbstone the whole length of Place Vendôme.

  • She sat down on the kerbstone to count her money, putting her feet in the dry gutter a la manière born.

    An Australian Lassie Lilian Turner
  • Then, just as he turned to move on, something lying at his feet almost at the edge of the kerbstone attracted his attention.

    Mysterious Mr. Sabin E. Phillips Oppenheim
British Dictionary definitions for kerbstone

kerbstone

/ˈkɜːbˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
one of a series of stones that form a kerb

curbstone

/ˈkɜːbˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
the US spelling of kerbstone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kerbstone

curbstone

n.

1791, from curb (n.) + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kerbstone

curbstone

verb

To pretend to sell a car for a private person while actually selling it for a dealer (1990s+ Car dealers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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