forelock ( 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.
tug/touch one's forelock phrase V and N inflect, oft PHR to n (disapproval)
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