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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A lock of hair worn on the temple and kept smoothly in place by being soaped; hence, any lock brushed apart from the rest of the hair, and carefully kept in position.
  • n. A man who wears soap-locks; hence, a low fellow; a young rowdy or rough: as, “the soap-locks of the Bowery.”

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  • CHANFRAU'S MOSE

    A bold fireboy was cock of the walk,
    With saucy manner and insolent talk,
    And more than his plug
    And the smirk on his mug
    He vaunted his rank with a fine soap-lock.

    January 29, 2014