verb (used with object)
- curative dose,
- curb ball,
- curb cut,
- curb exchange,
- curb market,
- curb roof
Origin of curb
Examples from the Web for curb
Did you feel like, with Hello Ladies, you wanted your own showcase—your own Curb, so to speak?Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’|Marlow Stern|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was shot twice in the head, his body left lying on a curb.Local Truces Are Syria’s Sad Little Pieces of Peace|Joshua Hersh|November 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He had the vehicles moved to the curb outside the dealership.
“The basic aim of a democratic regime is to curb the use of arbitrary powers against its citizens,” West writes.
For instance, some women use it not only to curb premenstrual symptoms, but also to control when they menstruate.
Without another word to the dazed trio, she rushed to the curb and commanded the boy to assist her into the saddle.The Husbands of Edith|George Barr McCutcheon
The spirit needed to curb the flesh, literature needed to be cleansed.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland|Daniel Turner Holmes
They were stacked from the curb and even outside the curb, back against the back walls.Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
I had all the trouble in the world to curb the ardor of King Hiram who dragged me along the shadowy labyrinth of corridors.Atlantida|Pierre Benoit
The second hansom was waiting and drew close up to the curb as the other drove off.Daisy Ashford: Her Book|Daisy Ashford
- Also called: curb bit a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap, which checks the horse
- Also called: curb chain the chain or strap itself
Word Origin for curb
late 15c., "strap passing under the jaw of a horse" (used to restrain the animal), from Old French courbe (12c.) "curb on a horse," from Latin curvus, from curvare "to bend" (see curve (v.)). Meaning "enclosed framework" is from 1510s, probably originally with a notion of "curved;" extended to margins of garden beds 1731; to "margin of stone between a sidewalk and road" 1791 (sometimes spelled kerb). Figurative sense of "a check, a restraint" is from 1610s.
1520s, of horses, "to lead to a curb," from curb (n.). Figurative use from 1580s. Related: Curbed; curbing.