A small curl gummed to the temples, sometimes called a beau or bow catcher. When men indulge in a curl in front of their
ears, the love-lock is called a bell-rope- i.e. a rope to
pull the belles after them. At the latter end of the sixteenth century
the love-lock was a long lock of hair hanging in front of the
shoulders, curled and decorated with bows and ribbons.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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