Definition of curb in English:
1North American A stone or concrete edging to a street or path.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
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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?
1.1Restrain (a horse) by means of a curb.
- 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.