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Lock, subst. a tuft of hair, a ringlet: Ven. 1090. Compl. 85. Merch. I, 1, 169. III, 2, 92. H4A I, 3, 205. H6A II, 5, 5. Mcb. III, 4, 51. Hml. I, 5, 18. β€œa wears a l.” Ado III, 3, 183. β€œhe wears a key in his ear and a l. hanging by it,” V, 1, 318 (a pendent lock of hair, often plaited and tied with riband, and hanging at the ear, was a prevalent fashion in the poet's time. Dogberry, having heard it mentioned, takes it for the fastening of a door to be opened with a key).
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