• WordNet 3.6
    • n forelock a lock of a horse's mane that grows forward between the ears
    • n forelock a lock of hair growing (or falling) over the forehead
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Forelock (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. "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.""On occasion's forelock watchful wait."
    • Forelock The lock of hair that grows from the forepart of the head.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n forelock A round or flat wedge of iron passed through a hole in the inner end of a bolt to prevent its withdrawal when a strain is placed on it.
    • n forelock In medieval armor, a clasp or catch serving to hold the helm, or in some cases the beaver or the mentonnière, to the gorgerin or breastplate in front.
    • forelock Nautical, to secure by a forelock, as a bolt.
    • n forelock The lock of hair that grows from the fore part of the head; a prominent or somewhat detached lock above the forehead, especially of a horse.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Forelock fōr′lok the lock of hair on the forehead
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In literature:

And what bright eyes peeped out of his dark forelock as it was blown by the wind!
"Jackanapes" by Juliana Horatio Ewing
Take time by the forelock.
"Dolly Reforming Herself" by Henry Arthur Jones
Like his father, Robert was very observant, and always ready to seize opportunity by the forelock.
"Lives of the Engineers The Locomotive. George and Robert Stephenson" by Samuel Smiles
When I had done blushing and scraping with my feet and pulling my forelock, we had the nicest little talk.
"IT and Other Stories" by Gouverneur Morris
David touched his forelock in answer.
"One Snowy Night" by Emily Sarah Holt
She likes to take time by the forelock and behaves already as though she were forty.
"The Invader" by Margaret L. Woods
Moncrieff had assuredly taken time by the forelock.
"Our Home in the Silver West" by Gordon Stables
I know 'tis his by the white feet and white forelock.
"Tales From Scottish Ballads" by Elizabeth W. Grierson
He would touch his forelock to so rich a man.
"Phoebe, Junior" by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
Lion brought the ear to Jack, and Jack gave it to Snowfoot, taking him at the same time by the forelock.
"The Young Surveyor;" by J. T. Trowbridge

In poetry:

Of old opinions he was full—
An Englishman, his sire,
Was hated long where peasants pull
Their forelocks to the squire.
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
The lordling took another girl
Not quite of his desire,
And went to where the farmers twirl
Their forelocks to the squire.
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
Look, foot to forelock, how all things suit! he
Is strung by duty, is strained to beauty,
And brown-as-dawning-skinned
With brine and shine and whirling wind.
"The Loss Of The Eurydice" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Or whether, under skies full flown,
The brightening surfs, with foamy din,
Their breeze-caught forelocks backward blown,
Against the beach's yellow zone
Curl slow, and plunge forever in.
"An Invitation" by James Russell Lowell
But the "breeding" is in bullocks that they prize upon Toolangi.
Where the forelock-touching habit hasn't grown to any size.
And he found, as on he plodded, and the natives curtly nodded,
That their "culture's" agriculture at Toolangi on the rise.
"Toolangi" by C J Dennis

In news:

Tall and lanky, with a voice that occasionally cracks and a forelock that resists conformity.