curl

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noun
1 piece of hair
ADJECTIVE
natural
loose, soft, wavy
tight
little
thick
long
corkscrew, spiral
auburn, blonde, dark, etc.
slight

His hair had a slight curl to it.

stray

She pushed a stray curl away from her eyes.

tangled, unruly, untamed

She smoothed down her tangled curls.

damp
VERB + CURL
have

She has beautiful blonde curls.

press back, push back, smooth back, stroke back
smooth down
ruffle, run your fingers through
tease

He carefully teased his curls into place.

shake

She shook her dark curls sadly.

brush
CURL + VERB
fall, tumble

Her auburn curls tumbled about her face.

hang
bounce
frame sth

Her face was framed by a mop of black curls.

PREPOSITION
in curls

His hair spilled in curls over his forehead.

through the/your curls

She raked a comb through her curls.

PHRASES
a cascade of curls, a mass of curls, a mop of curls

Her hair was styled into a cascade of spiral curls.

lose its curl

Her hair lost its curl as she got older.

2 sth with a curved round shape
ADJECTIVE
faint

He acknowledged her remark with a faint curl of his lips.

PREPOSITION
curl of

a curl of smoke

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verb
ADVERB
tightly
slightly
back, up

She curled her legs up under her.

PREPOSITION
around, round (esp. BrE)

His fingers curled tightly around the steering wheel.

from

Smoke was curling up from the chimney.

into

The cat curled into a ball and fell asleep.

PHRASES
curled up

She was lying curled up on her bed.

curl (up) at the edges

The photograph was brown and curling at the edges.

Curl is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑fist, ↑hair, ↑lip, ↑mouth, ↑smoke, ↑toe
Curl is used with these nouns as the object: ↑eyelash, ↑finger, ↑hair, ↑lip, ↑toe

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