Definition of forelock in English:

forelock

noun

  • 1A lock of hair growing just above the forehead.

    • ‘Red hair was greased back, allowing only two forelocks to fall.’
    • ‘His shaggy forelock of dark hair was sticking up oddly over his shocked eyes.’
    • ‘Feeling slightly annoyed, I turned and looked, nudging my forelock out of my eyes so I could see better, not having to look through strands of fine, black hair.’
    • ‘Natai tied up his hair with a ribbon and pushed the forelock form his eyes.’
    • ‘He grasps a forelock between his thumb, his index finger, and the one beside it and he twirls it around and around, until it stands up in a little tuft.’
    • ‘He wiped over his forelock and his turban and his socks.’
    • ‘Two surgical hair restoration sessions were used to integrate transplanted hair into the resident terminal hair of the forelock, producing a central density that should persist for many years.’
    • ‘It started to snow and through the snow I saw a greenish forelock to the armless girl's hair.’
    • ‘Every fleeting image was of a taller young man, perhaps in his early forties, a man with longish brown hair distinguished by a single white forelock falling into warm hazel eyes.’
    • ‘Sam Beckett seemed to be a handsome man in his early forties, with a single white forelock in an otherwise brown head of hair.’
    • ‘Without fiscal autonomy Scots will always end up going to London furiously tugging their forelocks as they push forward the national begging bowl.’
    • ‘Bring it diagonally across the forelock, where it will become the first ‘center’ strand.’
    • ‘Tse's boyish look, bolstered by his trademark floppy forelocks, is a crucial signpost from the very beginning.’
    tress, tuft, curl
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    1. 1.1 The part of the mane of a horse or similar animal, which grows from the poll and hangs down over the forehead.
      • ‘An hour passed as I brushed him, trimmed his forelock, and picked his feet.’
      • ‘I work my way up his legs and then onto his mane and forelock and lastly his back.’
      • ‘Most species have a mane on the neck and a lock of hair on the forepart of the head known as a forelock.’
      • ‘The mare touched down in a clearing a little ways away from the end of the forest, she trotted a few strides and then stopped and snorted, disrupting her long forelock.’
      • ‘They have an erect mane and lack the forelock of a horse.’
      • ‘Horse owners know the whole story when it comes to our horse's manes, tails and forelocks.’
      • ‘He flicked his ears forward attentively and tossed his head, sending his forelock and mane flying.’
      • ‘One of the Shetlands called Pinkerton is a palomino with large bulging black eyes, a long forelock, mane and tail and a sandy coloured mark down his spine.’
      • ‘The animals were all tethered by their forelocks and would not have wandered away even if the women left behind were not there.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Only 10 strands of hair from the tail, forelock, but preferably the mane, are needed, pulled in exactly the same way as required for thinning manes.’
      • ‘Their mane, tails, and forelocks are the same color as their coats and can be a shade or two darker.’
      • ‘Rolling her eyes, she gathered the horse's forelock and gently lifted the bit from his mouth.’
      • ‘The tails and some forelocks of the horses, who were from different sires, were cut at the weekend, but the animals, belonging to various vendors, were not interfered with or injured in any other way.’
      • ‘They will take two or three years to grow back properly - and in the summer the horses need their forelocks to brush away bugs and flies and stop infections.’
      • ‘Calmly standing in the stall was a chocolate brown blood mare, a splash of white coloring her forelocks and spreading down to the knee on her front left leg.’
      • ‘Becoming faster now, she tossed the face brush back into the box and grabbed the comb, taking a few runs through his mane and forelock, just getting the remnants of hay out of it.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She absently stroked the horse's silky forelock but an insistent whinny reminded her of Hope.’
      • ‘Its mane and forelock were thick and black as well, and its deep brown eyes stared happily at Tam as she got the bridle from a hook in the stall.’

Phrases

  • take time by the forelock

    • literary Seize an opportunity.

      • ‘The Sheriff took time by the forelock, and had important business up the river and day the trial commenced.’
      • ‘Nothing else will take their place, but to have them in perfection we must take time by the forelock.’
      • ‘An author who writes for these publications is bound to suit himself to these exigencies, and can generally do so without personal loss or inconvenience, if he will only take time by the forelock.’
      • ‘If in government service, take time by the forelock and secure posts you are well qualified to hold.’
      • ‘We were taking time by the forelock and making sure of the German indemnity-in services rendered.’
      • ‘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

    • Raise a hand to one's forehead in deference when meeting a person of higher social rank.

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He touched his forelock as though in salute and watched as she tripped daintily out of the stables, lifting her skirts an inch or two so as not to muddy them.’
      • ‘The consumer culture didn't require you to tug your forelock and look deserving when you approached the till.’
      • ‘Scotland is just seen as great for shooting, golf and tugging your forelock, which is why so many get out.’
      • ‘‘I have never been brought up to doff my cap or tug my forelock,’ she says with steely assertion.’
      • ‘Just shut up and hand over your money, like a good peasant, and don't forget to tug your forelock.’
      • ‘Not many country people now tug their forelock at the sight of a member of the House of Lords, unless, that is, they happen to owe them money.’
      • ‘I dream of living in a republic, where we can all hold our heads high and the urge to tug our forelock or doff our cap when we hear those twangy upper-class vowels becomes a thing of the past.’
      • ‘But as hunting has come under more pressure in recent years, hunters have realised it is no longer enough to rely on tradition and our natural reflex to tug our forelock to our betters.’

Pronunciation

forelock

/ˈfɔːlɒk/