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kerb +‎ stone


kerbstone (plural kerbstones)

  1. A paving stone that forms part of a kerb
    • 1912, George Bernard Shaw, “Act I”, in Pygmalion[1]:
      You see this creature with her kerbstone English: the English that will keep her in the gutter to the end of her days. Well, sir, in three months I could pass that girl off as a duchess at an ambassador’s garden party.
    • 1953, James Baldwin, Go Tell It on the Mountain, New York, N.Y.: Knopf, →OCLC, part 2 (The Prayers of the Saints):
      Gabriel often saw him on the streets, playing on the curbstone with other boys his age.