Definition of curbstone in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkərbˌstōn/


1A long, narrow stone or concrete block, laid end to end with others to form a curb.
Example sentences
  • Brezhnev, who finally helped unseat him, recalled that Khrushchev had once called his Kremlin colleagues "dogs peeing on curbstones."
  • One of them is a construction worker who can unload heavy curbstones by hand.
  • Many towns are installing crisp new granite curbstones along their streets to replace the crumbling concrete that replaced earlier granite curbstones.
1.1 [as modifier] informal Unqualified; amateur: curbstone commentators
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  • Even in their first meeting on the street, he practically glows when referring to her ‘curbstone English, the English that will keep her all her days in the gutter.’
  • I was also amazed that only one poll takes precautions against the ‘curbstone’ problem - which is when the interviewers just make the results up.

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Syllabification: curb·stone

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