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dog collar

a collar used to restrain or identify a dog.
Informal. a close-fitting necklace, as a wide band covered with or composed of precious or semiprecious stones; choker.
Slang. a collar of the type worn by some clergymen, priests, etc., having the opening at the back; clerical collar.
Origin of dog collar
1515-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He held up his right hand, on the forefinger of which glistened a ring the size of a dog-collar.

    The Wit of Women Kate Sanborn
  • But I expect it'll just be my luck to win a dog-collar or a muzzle.

  • A policeman, of the "dog-collar" species, seemed particularly interested in them.

  • A dog-collar gentleman, I must explain, is Authority Incarnate.

    Caught by the Turks Francis Yeats-Brown
  • If her age were betrayed by her neck, the dog-collar of pearls concealed the ravage.

    What Will People Say? Rupert Hughes
  • By going through my desk I found a number of keys, mostly trunk keys and one the key to a dog-collar.

    Sight Unseen Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • A glittering comb topped her high white pompadour, and a dog-collar of diamonds encircled her wrinkled neck.

    Quin Alice Hegan Rice
  • I thought I was dans le mouvement up to my dog-collar, but I know nothing about the phenomenon.

    The Way of Ambition Robert Hichens
  • It hangs now in my study, not far from the dog-collar—another memento of those good old times.

    Captain Mugford W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for dog-collar

dog collar

a collar for a dog
an informal name for a clerical collar
(informal) a tight-fitting necklace
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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