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Curb, vb. 1) to bridle, to refrain: “no exclamation can c. his heat,” Lucr. 706. we must c. it (our blood) Compl. 163. “so is the will of a living daughter --ed by the will of a dead father,” Merch. I, 2, 26. “and thus I'll c. her mad and headstrong humour,” Shr. IV, 1, 212. “in the --ed time,” All's II, 4, 46 (i. e. in the time of restraint and abstinence). “Harry from --ed licence plucks the muzzle of restraint,” H4B IV, 5, 131. “to c. those raging appetites,” Troil. II, 2, 181. “to c. the will of the nobility,” Cor. III, 1, 39. “--ing his lavish spirit,” Mcb. I, 2, 57. “my sanctity will to my sense bend no licentious ear, but c. it,” Per. V, 3, 31. -- To c. from == to restrain from: “the fair reverence of your highness --s me from giving reins and spurs to my free speech,” R2 I, 1, 54. “you are --ed from that enlargement,” Cymb. II, 3, 125. To c. of, in the same sense: “c. the cruel devil of his will,” Merch. IV, 1, 217. “and --s himself even of his natural scope when you come cross his humour,” H4A III, 1, 171.
2) intr. to bow or bend (Fr. courber): “virtue itself of vice must pardon beg, yea, c. and woo for leave to do him good,” Hml. III, 4, 155.
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