Definition of forelock in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfɔːlɒk/


1A lock of hair growing just above the forehead.
Example sentences
  • His shaggy forelock of dark hair was sticking up oddly over his shocked eyes.
  • It started to snow and through the snow I saw a greenish forelock to the armless girl's hair.
  • Red hair was greased back, allowing only two forelocks to fall.
1.1The part of the mane of a horse or similar animal, which grows from the poll and hangs down over the forehead.
Example sentences
  • They have an erect mane and lack the forelock of a horse.
  • He has an all-white body with colored ears and some color in his forelock and mane, but I believe that will disappear and he will become all white.
  • The saddle, armor, and bit of his horse were green as well, and each of the green strands of the horse's mane, forelock, and tail was braided with a gold thread and a string of golden bells.



take time by the forelock

literary Seize an opportunity.
Example sentences
  • We were taking time by the forelock and making sure of the German indemnity-in services rendered.
  • If in government service, take time by the forelock and secure posts you are well qualified to hold.
  • Hence the need of taking time by the forelock and getting rid of the worms before they get in their work.

touch (or tug) one's forelock

British Raise a hand to one’s forehead in deference when meeting a person of higher social rank.
Example sentences
  • Scotland is just seen as great for shooting, golf and tugging your forelock, which is why so many get out.
  • I was too busy tugging my forelock to pull her up on it, I really hate being rude to nice people.
  • In the 21st century it should not be a case of expecting employees to just tug their forelock and tow the line.

Words that rhyme with forelock

oarlock, warlock

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Line breaks: fore|lock

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