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kerbstone

[kurb-stohn] /ˈkɜrbˌstoʊn/
noun, British
1.

curbstone

or (British) kerbstone

[kurb-stohn] /ˈkɜrbˌstoʊn/
noun
1.
one of the stones, or a range of stones, forming a curb, as along a street.
Origin of curbstone
1785-1795
1785-95; curb + stone
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Examples from the Web for kerbstone
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  • He reached the corner of the street like a blind man, by tapping the kerbstone with his cane.

    The Kingdom of the Blind E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • A carriage was drawn up by the kerbstone; the doors of it were open.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • It may occur also from tripping on a loose stone or slipping off the kerbstone.

  • In Queen Victoria Street he stopped on the kerbstone, and looked about him.

    Love and the Ironmonger F. J. (Frederick John) Randall
  • Moreover, the English themselves use curb as a verb and in all noun senses save that shown in kerbstone.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • The cab-door slammed, the wheels ground on the kerbstone, my début was over.

    Memoirs of a Midget Walter de la Mare
  • A file of waiting carriages lined the kerbstone the whole length of Place Vendôme.

  • He stood there on the kerbstone, and all they could do 'e wouldn't budge.

    The Nest Egg W.W. Jacobs
  • The wheels of a cab grazed the kerbstone, a murmured direction followed.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes Thomas Hardy
  • In five minutes the dull noise of the kerbstone market in Broad Street had leapt to a high note of frantic interrogation.

    Trent's Last Case E.C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley
British Dictionary definitions for kerbstone

kerbstone

/ˈkɜːbˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
one of a series of stones that form a kerb

curbstone

/ˈkɜːbˌstəʊn/
noun
1.
the US spelling of kerbstone
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Word Origin and History for kerbstone

curbstone

n.

1791, from curb (n.) + stone (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kerbstone

curbstone

verb

To pretend to sell a car for a private person while actually selling it for a dealer (1990s+ Car dealers)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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