Taming these institutions and curbing their excesses should be a task for a renewed Labour Party.
“No, no, it's all right,” said the president, curbing the fury in the room.
This is not the work of a person interested in “curbing spending,” as Lew argues.
The challenges in the longer term are to raise revenue while curbing the cost of health.
Alas, curbing entitlements is likely to split the Democrats almost as badly as raising tax rates has split the Republicans.
How great are the changes wrought in us by the curbing influence of time!
The driver advanced at a walk, keeping as close as possible to the curbing.
Quentin hesitated for an instant, and then seeing resistance was useless, boldly set foot upon the curbing.
A quickening of his pace, and he met her just as she stepped to the curbing.
curbing his patience, he waited an hour and then gently awoke the sleeping girl.
late 15c., "strap passing under the jaw of a horse" (used to restrain the animal), from Old French courbe (12c.) "curb on a horse," from Latin curvus, from curvare "to bend" (see curve (v.)). Meaning "enclosed framework" is from 1510s, probably originally with a notion of "curved;" extended to margins of garden beds 1731; to "margin of stone between a sidewalk and road" 1791 (sometimes spelled kerb). Figurative sense of "a check, a restraint" is from 1610s.
1520s, of horses, "to lead to a curb," from curb (n.). Figurative use from 1580s. Related: Curbed; curbing.