Curtail

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Curtail

A spiral scroll-like termination of any architectural member, as at the end of a stair rail.

curtail

A short, spiral, scroll-like termination of any architectural member, as at the end of a stair rail.
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The rulers, being aware that their power rests upon their wealth, refuse to curtail by law the extravagance of the spendthrift youth because they gain by their ruin; they take interest from them and buy up their estates and thus increase their own wealth and importance?
The distance was little more than six miles, but the road was strange, and I had to keep stopping to inquire my way; hallooing to carters and clodhoppers, and frequently invading the cottages, for there were few abroad that winter's morning; sometimes knocking up the lazy people from their beds, for where so little work was to be done, perhaps so little food and fire to be had, they cared not to curtail their slumbers.
I fear I shall have to curtail his restorative exercise in the fresh air.