To take time by the forelock
Forelock Fore"lock`, n. 1. The lock of hair that grows from the forepart of the head. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mech.) A cotter or split pin, as in a slot in a bolt, to prevent retraction; a linchpin; a pin fastening the cap-square of a gun. [1913 Webster]

{Forelock bolt}, a bolt retained by a key, gib, or cotter passing through a slot.

{Forelock hook} (Rope Making), a winch or whirl by which a bunch of three yarns is twisted into a standard. --Knight.

{To take time by the forelock} or {To take occasion by the forelock}, to make prompt use of anything; not to let slip an opportunity. [1913 Webster]

Time is painted with a lock before and bald behind, signifying thereby that we must take time by the forelock; for when it is once past, there is no recalling it. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

On occasion's forelock watchful wait. --Milton. [1913 Webster]


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  • To take occasion by the forelock — Forelock Fore lock , n. 1. The lock of hair that grows from the forepart of the head. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mech.) A cotter or split pin, as in a slot in a bolt, to prevent retraction; a linchpin; a pin fastening the cap square of a gun. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • take time by the forelock — verb act quickly and decisively; not let slip an opportunity • Hypernyms: ↑act, ↑move • Verb Frames: Somebody s * * * phrasal : to make prompt use of something : not let slip an opportunity * * * take Time by the forelock …   Useful english dictionary

  • Forelock — Fore lock , n. 1. The lock of hair that grows from the forepart of the head. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mech.) A cotter or split pin, as in a slot in a bolt, to prevent retraction; a linchpin; a pin fastening the cap square of a gun. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Forelock bolt — Forelock Fore lock , n. 1. The lock of hair that grows from the forepart of the head. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mech.) A cotter or split pin, as in a slot in a bolt, to prevent retraction; a linchpin; a pin fastening the cap square of a gun. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Forelock hook — Forelock Fore lock , n. 1. The lock of hair that grows from the forepart of the head. [1913 Webster] 2. (Mech.) A cotter or split pin, as in a slot in a bolt, to prevent retraction; a linchpin; a pin fastening the cap square of a gun. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • time — n 1. chronology; duration. 2. point, juncture, moment, instant, hour, day; period, spell, span, stretch, while, tide, term, tenure; interval, interim, intermission, interregnum, interruption, interlude, pause, break, hiatus; turn, shift, watch;… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • time — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) Measurement of duration Nouns 1. time, duration; period, term, stage, space, span, spell, season; fourth dimension; the whole time; era, epoch, age, aeon; time of life; moment, instant, instantaneity,… …   English dictionary for students

  • forelock — I. /ˈfɔlɒk / (say fawlok) noun 1. the lock of hair that grows from the forepart of the head. 2. a prominent or somewhat detached lock above the forehead. –phrase 3. take time by the forelock, to seize an opportunity. 4. touch (or tug){{}} (or… …   Australian English dictionary

  • forelock — noun a lock of hair growing just above the forehead. Phrases take time by the forelock literary seize an opportunity. touch (or tug) one s forelock Brit. raise a hand to one s forehead in deference to a person of higher social rank …   English new terms dictionary

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