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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East of the Bowery, that intersect Division, Grand, and up to Third avenue -- types that never found their Dickens, or Hogarth, or Balzac, and have pass'd away unportraitured -- the young ship-builders, cartmen, butchers, firemen (the old-time "soap-lock" or exaggerated "Mose" or