neck lace

necklace

[nek-lis]
noun
a piece of jewelry consisting of a string of stones, beads, jewels, or the like, or a chain of gold, silver, or other metal, for wearing around the neck.

Origin:
1580–90; neck + lace (def 2)

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necklace (ˈnɛklɪs)
 
n
1.  a chain, band, or cord, often bearing beads, pearls, jewels, etc, worn around the neck as an ornament, esp by women
2.  (in South Africa) a tyre soaked in petrol, placed round a person's neck, and set on fire in order to burn the person to death
 
vb
3.  (South African) (tr) to kill (someone) by placing a burning tyre round his or her neck

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necklace
c.1590, from neck (q.v.) + lace in the sense of "cord, string."
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