What does the word forelock mean?

Usage examples for forelock

  1. Almost at my first meeting him I divined something of the public man in his bearing, a suggestion, perhaps, of the confirmed orator, a notion in which I was somehow further set by the gesture with which he swept back his carelessly falling forelock. – Ruggles of Red Gap by Harry Leon Wilson
  2. It bores you worse than it does me, really, but you like to think that the villagers are pulling a forelock when you walk down Normal Avenue. – Gigolo by Edna Ferber
  3. In his own vigorous language, used to stimulate his friends in various parts of the country, he seized the swift occasion by the forelock. – Project Gutenberg History of The Netherlands, 1555-1623, Complete by John Lothrop Motley