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- cover-few (obsolete)
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈkɜː.fjuː/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈkɝ.fju/
Audio (Southern England) (file)
curfew (plural curfews)
- Any regulation requiring people to be off the streets and in their homes by a certain time.
- 2012 October 31, David M. Halbfinger, “Hurricane Sandy”, in New York Times, retrieved 31 October 2012:
- Localities across New Jersey imposed curfews to prevent looting. In Monmouth, Ocean and other counties, people waited for hours for gasoline at the few stations that had electricity. Supermarket shelves were stripped bare.
- The time when such restriction begins.
- A signal indicating this time.
- A fireplace accessory designed to bank a fire by completely covering the embers.
- (historical) A regulation in feudal Europe by which fires had to be covered up or put out at a certain fixed time in the evening, marked by the ringing of an evening bell.
- The evening bell, which continued to be rung in many towns after the regulation itself became obsolete.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, translated by John Florio, The Essayes […], London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], →OCLC:, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, p.95:
- I have my lodging neere unto a tower, where both evening and morning a very great bell doth chime Ave marie and Cover-few, which jangling doth even make the tower to shake […].
regulation requiring people to be off the streets and in their homes by a certain time
time when such restriction begins
signal indicating this time
historical regulation requiring fire to be covered/extinguished
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