forelock

1 [fawr-lok, fohr-]
noun
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.

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

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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)
2.
to fasten by means of a forelock.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English forelok. See fore-, lock1

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forelock1 (ˈfɔːˌlɒk)
 
n
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

forelock2 (ˈfɔːˌlɒk)
 
n
1.  a wedge or peg passed through the tip of a bolt to prevent withdrawal
 
vb
2.  (tr) to secure (a bolt) by means of a forelock

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forelock
O.E. forelocca; see fore + lock.
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Example sentences
Tall and lanky, with a voice that occasionally cracks and a forelock that resists conformity.
The good news is that he can tell a forelock from a fetlock.
It will be necessary to take time by the forelock, and give early direction.
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