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spit curl

a tight curl of hair, usually pressed against the forehead or cheek.
Origin of spit curl
1825-35 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • John Davis got his mutton cooked bi a spit-curl that waz dangling on Angeline Brown's forehead.

    Josh Billings on Ice Henry Wheeler Shaw
British Dictionary definitions for spit-curl

spit curl

(US & Canadian) a circular curl of hair pressed flat against the cheek or forehead Also called (esp British) kiss curl
Word Origin
perhaps so called because it is sometimes plastered down with spittle
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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