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Taking time by the forelock
Taking Time by the Forelock. Seize the present moment; "Carpe diem." Time personified is represented with a lock of hair on his forehead but none on the rest of his head, to signify that time past cannot be used, but time present may be seized by the forelock.

E. Cobham Brewer. The Dictionery of Phrase and Fable. Wordsworth Editions Ltd., Ware, Hertfordshire: 1993 (p. 1204) ISBN: 1-85326-3001 [reprint of "The New and Enlarged Edition of Phrase and Fable". Edwindlowe, Newark: 1894.]

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