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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Forelock  \Fore"lock`\,  n. 
  1.  The  lock  of  hair  that  grows  from  the  forepart  of  the  head. 
 
  2.  (Mech.)  A  cotter  or  split  pin,  as  in  a  slot  in  a  bolt,  to 
  prevent  retraction;  a  linchpin;  a  pin  fastening  the 
  cap-square  of  a  gun. 
 
  {Forelock  bolt},  a  bolt  retained  by  a  key,  gib,  or  cotter 
  passing  through  a  slot. 
 
  {Forelock  hook}  (Rope  Making),  a  winch  or  whirl  by  which  a 
  bunch  of  three  yarns  is  twisted  into  a  standard.  --Knight. 
 
 
  {To  take}  {time,  or  occasion},  {by  the  forelock},  to  make 
  prompt  use  of  anything  not  to  let  slip  an  opportunity. 
 
  Time  is  painted  with  a  lock  before  and  bald  behind, 
  signifying  thereby  that  we  must  take  time  by  the 
  forelock;  for  when  it  is  once  past,  there  is  no 
  recalling  it  --Swift. 
 
  On  occasion's  forelock  watchful  wait.  --Milton. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  forelock 
  n  1:  a  lock  of  hair  growing  (or  falling)  over  the  forehead 
  2:  a  lock  of  a  horse's  mane  that  grows  forward  between  the  ears 
  [syn:  {foretop}] 




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