curlicue curl"i*cue (k?rl"?-k?), n. [Cf. F. caracole.] Some thing curled or spiral, as a flourish made with a pen on paper, or with skates on the ice; a trick; a frolicsome caper. [Sometimes written {curlycue} or {carlicue}.] [ Colloq. U.S.] [1913 Webster]

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