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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CURB

Obeying a quick impulse, Percival stepped to the curb as she came opposite to him.

Yet what can I say, for all men know that your valor needs the curb and not the spur.

The cobblestones had gone, and from curb to curb stretched smooth asphalt.

A disorder which renders the sufferer unable to curb his tongue when you wish to talk.

And if I were denied the power, I must, as I now do, curb my inclination.

The Tuttle person now approached his cabman, who had waited beside the curb.

To this the preacher of morals replies that "man should curb his passions."

On either side of the wall the curb formed a large semicircle.

A carriage had drawn up at the curb and the driver was unloading a trunk from the rack.

His head had struck against the curb, and he had been picked up insensible.

WORD ORIGIN

late 15c., "strap passing under the jaw of a horse" (used to restrain the animal), from Old French courbe (12c.) "curb on a horse," from Latin curvus, from curvare "to bend" (see curve (v.)). Meaning "enclosed framework" is from 1510s, probably originally with a notion of "curved;" extended to margins of garden beds 1731; to "margin of stone between a sidewalk and road" 1791 (sometimes spelled kerb). Figurative sense of "a check, a restraint" is from 1610s.

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