Examples from the Web for curfew
A nighttime curfew that was imposed a few weeks ago seems barely enforced now—no doubt to the relief of the women at the Ramada.
On Friday afternoon, I stood by the Burger King checking the bars on my phone like a kid with a curfew.Canada’s Subversive Sock Puppet: Ed the Sock Isn’t Afraid to Say Anything|Soraya Roberts|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The city of Miran Shah, for example, was subjected to a nighttime curfew for years.Obama’s Deadly Informants: The Drone Spotters of Pakistan|Umar Farooq, Syed Fakhar Kakakhel|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Nixon said the curfew is necessary, despite the efforts of some Ferguson residents to prevent looting.Missouri Governor Imposes Curfew In a Bid to Halt Looting and Restore Calm|Justin Glawe|August 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And so swift was the imposition of the curfew that some foreigners were taken by surprise.
“Oh, curfew never rings for me,” Penny laughed, side stepping a puddle of water.The Clock Strikes Thirteen|Mildred A. Wirt
By 2100, the last organized resistance had been wiped out, and curfew had been imposed, and peace of a sort restored.Uller Uprising|Henry Beam Piper, John D. Clark and John F. Carr
The daily office of this bell is to sound the curfew, a practice which, under different names, is still kept up through Normandy.Account of a Tour in Normandy, Vol. I. (of 2)|Dawson Turner
At the curfew, he asked them if they would go upstairs each to his large and goodly bedchamber.The Legend of Ulenspiegel, Vol. II (of 2)|Charles de Coster
The ringing of a bell in the evening is in many places till called ringing the Curfew Bell.
British Dictionary definitions for curfew
- the ringing of a bell to prompt people to extinguish fires and lights
- the time at which the curfew bell was rung
- the bell itself
Word Origin for curfew
Word Origin and History for curfew
early 14c., "evening signal, ringing of a bell at a fixed hour," from Anglo-French coeverfu (late 13c.), from Old French cuevrefeu, literally "cover fire" (Modern French couvre-few), from cuevre, imperative of covrir "to cover" (see cover (v.)) + feu "fire" (see focus (n.)). The medieval practice of ringing a bell at fixed time in the evening as an order to bank the hearths and prepare for sleep. The original purpose was to prevent conflagrations from untended fires. The modern extended sense of "periodic restriction of movement" had evolved by 1800s.