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 for To take occasion by the forelock
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Forelock \Fore"lock`\, n.
     1. The lock of hair that grows from the forepart of the head.
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     2. (Mech.) A cotter or split pin, as in a slot in a bolt, to
        prevent retraction; a linchpin; a pin fastening the
        cap-square of a gun.
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     Forelock bolt, a bolt retained by a key, gib, or cotter
        passing through a slot.
     Forelock hook (Rope Making), a winch or whirl by which a
        bunch of three yarns is twisted into a standard. --Knight.
     To take time by the forelock or To take occasion by the
     forelock, to make prompt use of anything; not to let slip an
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              Time is painted with a lock before and bald behind,
              signifying thereby that we must take time by the
              forelock; for when it is once past, there is no
              recalling it.                         --Swift.
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              On occasion's forelock watchful wait. --Milton.
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