D'Artagnan knew his part well; he was aware that opportunity has a forelock
only for him who will take it and he was not a man to let it go by him without seizing it.
And hence the stately old dame, taking Time by the forelock
, leads him up and down the staircases, and along the galleries and passages, and through the rooms, to witness before he grows any older that everything is ready, that floors are rubbed bright, carpets spread, curtains shaken out, beds puffed and patted, still-room and kitchen cleared for action--all things prepared as beseems the Dedlock dignity.
In the surprising condition of the Crusader who absently pulled at his forelock
some hours after a Saracen scimitar had, unconsciously to him, passed through his neck, as related by de Joinville.
So, as it is easier for me to imitate him in this than in cleaving giants asunder, cutting off serpents' heads, slaying dragons, routing armies, destroying fleets, and breaking enchantments, and as this place is so well suited for a similar purpose, I must not allow the opportunity to escape which now so conveniently offers me its forelock
But his eye, under his matted forelock
, was cool and quiet, for Bagheera was his adviser in this time of trouble, and told him to go quietly, hunt slowly, and never, on any account, to lose his temper.
Take time by the forelock
. Poor Mr Doyce (who really is growing old) depends upon you.
Poyser's clock had of taking time by the forelock
had secured their arrival at the village while it was still a quarter to two, though almost every one who meant to go to church was already within the churchyard gates.
1067, Rufus How Much Streggles was told his rent had doubled by his new Norman landlord and to start touching his forelock
Where workers knew their place and showed their respect by tugging a forelock
and begging for work.
He said that Faisal Saleh Hayat got injuries on his lip, forelock
, while his right arm has also been fractured.
I am not surprised that the suggestion that our children should be compelled to stand and sing it has come from "one of our would-be masters" who would have us back to the good old forelock
tugging, bowing and scraping, "walk in the gutter, know your place" days.