Definition of curbstone in English:

curbstone

Syllabification: curb·stone
Pronunciation: /ˈkərbˌstōn
 
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noun

  • 1A long, narrow stone or concrete block, laid end to end with others to form a curb.
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    • 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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