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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CURLICUE

I am called Curlicue, and am an object of derision; I entreat you to make me less ridiculous.'

Eventually old Clay Kittredge died, and the son chopped the "Jr." curlicue from the end of his name and began a new rgime.

One somewhat distinctive feature is found here, namely, the very frequent use of the curlicue or roll as an ornamental feature.

His face and hands were spare and lean, but his uniform was immaculate, covered with every curlicue the regulations allowed.

WORD ORIGIN

1843, American English, from curly + cue, perhaps from French queue "tail" or letter Q in its looping script form. Earlier in this sense was curlie-wurlie (1772).

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR CURLICUE

coil

nounthread that curls
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