Definition of curb in English:

curb

Syllabification: curb
Pronunciation: /kərb
 
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noun

1North American A stone or concrete edging to a street or path.
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  • She had to sit on the hard concrete curb in order to collect herself.
  • Residential paving is one of the largest markets in the United States for new streets, reconstruction and curb and gutter.
  • He led the boy to the street's curb and sat him down.
2A check or restraint on something: curbs on the powers of labor unions
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  • There should also be strict curbs on extravaganzas using power.
  • On Dec. 14, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board proposed stricter curbs on audit firms selling tax services to their clients.
  • Although some of his reforms were laudable, they were combined with strict curbs on the powers of the parliaments, convincing many that the hour of despotism had struck.
Synonyms
3 (also curb bit) A type of bit that is widely used in western riding. In English riding it is usually only used with a snaffle as part of a double bridle.
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  • Too often I see people with track horses, who they are afraid of, sticking a big curb bit in their mouth.
  • The curb bit promises collection - contained energy, not free forward movement - and hence submission to the will of the rider.
  • The soldiers ride bays or chestnuts and use United States Army regulation saddles, saddlecloths, halters, bridles, and curb bits.
4A swelling on the back of a horse’s hock, caused by spraining a ligament.

verb

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1Restrain or keep in check: she promised she would curb her temper
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  • Worries over job security will curb consumer spending.
  • In short, critics say, it could mean a return to the undisciplined days of a decade ago, before many governments had to curb runaway spending to qualify for the euro.
  • When she's not curbing her enthusiasm, where does she hang her hat?
Synonyms
restrain, hold back/in, keep back, repress, suppress, fight back, bite back, keep in check, check, control, rein in, contain, bridle, subdue
informal keep a/the lid on
1.1Restrain (a horse) by means of a curb.
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  • The educational authorities have moved swiftly to curb this bucking bronco, whose 100 percent pass rates were the wonder of the land.
  • It didn't help that his holographic partner, a die-hard environmentalist, kept urging him to clean up after the mess; curbing a horse is not easy to do.
  • The raw energy, just curbed by their athletic riders, of the Parthenon horses comes to us straight from the ice age, from the dawn of humanity.
2Lead (a dog being walked) near the curb to urinate or defecate.

Origin

late 15th century (denoting a strap fastened to the bit): from Old French courber 'bend, bow', from Latin curvare (see curve).

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