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Topic: ROADS

Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: courbe 'curve, curved piece of wood or metal', from Latin curvus; CURVE2

curb

2 noun
     
curb2 [countable]
1 an influence which helps to control or limit something
curb on
We are trying to keep a curb on their activities.
2 American EnglishTTR the raised edge of a road, between where people can walk and cars can drive [= kerb BrE; ↪ pavement, sidewalk]
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