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  ( forelocks    plural  )
1       n-count   A forelock is a piece of hair that falls over your forehead. People often used to pull their forelocks to show respect for other people of a higher class than they were.  
2    If you say that a person tugs their forelock to another person, you are criticizing them for showing too much respect to the second person or being unnecessarily worried about their opinions.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
tug/touch one's forelock      phrase   V and N inflect, oft PHR to n     (disapproval)   
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