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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • forelock — ► NOUN ▪ a lock of hair growing just above the forehead. ● touch (or tug) one s forelock Cf. ↑tug one s forelock …   English terms dictionary

  • forelock — (n.) lock of hair growing above the forehead, O.E. forelocca; see FORE (Cf. fore ) + LOCK (Cf. lock) (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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • forelock — [fôr′läk΄] n. a lock of hair growing just above, or hanging over, the forehead …   English World dictionary

  • Forelock — The forelock is a part of a horse s mane, that grows from the animal s poll and falls between the ears and onto the forehead. Some equines, such as ponies, have a naturally thick forelock, while other breeds (such as many Thoroughbreds) have a… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)lɒk[/t]] forelocks 1) N COUNT A forelock is a piece of hair that falls over your forehead. People often used to pull their forelocks to show respect for other people of a higher class than they were. He touched his forelock in mock… …   English dictionary

  • forelock — UK [ˈfɔː(r)ˌlɒk] / US [ˈfɔrˌlɑk] noun [countable] Word forms forelock : singular forelock plural forelocks a) the front part of a horse s mane that falls forward between its ears b) the front part of a person s hair that falls forward over their… …   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

  • forelock — forelock1 /fawr lok , fohr /, n. 1. the lock of hair that grows from the fore part of the head. 2. (of a horse) a tuft of hair above or on the forehead. See diag. under horse. [1640 50; FORE + LOCK2; prob. not continuous with OE foreloccas (pl.) …   Universalium

  • forelock — fore|lock [ˈfo:lɔk US ˈfo:rla:k] n 1.) a piece of hair that falls over someone s forehead 2.) the hair on a horse s head that grows between its ears and hangs forward on its face 3.) tug/touch your forelock BrE to show too much respect towards… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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