Forelock

Definition of 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.
To take time by the forelock
to make prompt use of anything; not to let slip an opportunity.
- Knight.
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.

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