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Definition of 'curb'


  1. an edge between a sidewalk and a roadway consisting of a line of curbstones (usually forming part of a gutter)
       Synonyms: curbing kerb
  2. a horse's bit with an attached chain or strap to check the horse
       Synonyms: curb bit
  3. a stock exchange in New York
       Synonyms: American Stock Exchange AMEX
  4. the act of restraining power or action or limiting excess; "his common sense is a bridle to his quick temper"
       Synonyms: bridle check


  1. lessen the intensity of; temper; hold in restraint; hold or keep within limits; "moderate your alcohol intake"; "hold your tongue"; "hold your temper"; "control your anger"
       Synonyms: control hold in hold contain check moderate
  2. to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
       Synonyms: suppress stamp down inhibit subdue conquer
  3. keep to the curb; "curb your dogs"
  4. place restrictions on; "curtail drinking in school"
       Synonyms: restrict curtail cut back

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