forelock

1
[fawr-lok, fohr-]

Origin of forelock

1
1640–50; fore- + lock2; probably not continuous with Old English foreloccas (plural), attested once

forelock

2
[fawr-lok, fohr-]
noun
  1. a pin or flat wedge passed through a hole near the end of a threadless bolt to fasten parts together.
verb (used with object)
  1. to fasten by means of a forelock.

Origin of forelock

2
First recorded in 1275–1325, forelock is from the Middle English word forelok. See fore-, lock1
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British Dictionary definitions for forelock

forelock

1
noun
  1. a lock of hair growing or falling over the forehead
  2. a lock of a horse's mane that grows forwards between the ears

forelock

2
noun
  1. a wedge or peg passed through the tip of a bolt to prevent withdrawal
verb
  1. (tr) to secure (a bolt) by means of a forelock
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Word Origin and History for forelock
n.

"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]
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