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spit curl

noun
  1. a tight curl of hair, usually pressed against the forehead or cheek.
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Origin of spit curl

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for spit curl

Historical Examples

  • John Davis got his mutton cooked bi a spit-curl that waz dangling on Angeline Brown's forehead.

    Josh Billings on Ice

    Henry Wheeler Shaw


British Dictionary definitions for spit curl

spit curl

noun
  1. US and Canadian a circular curl of hair pressed flat against the cheek or foreheadAlso called (esp British): kiss curl
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Word Origin

perhaps so called because it is sometimes plastered down with spittle
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