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necktie

[nek-tahy] /ˈnɛkˌtaɪ/
noun
1.
a band of decorative fabric worn around the neck, under the collar, and tied in front to hang down the front of a shirt or to form a small bow.
2.
any band, scarf, or tie fastened at the front of the neck.
3.
Slang. a hangman's rope.
Origin of necktie
1830-1840
1830-40; neck + tie
Related forms
necktieless, adjective
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  • His necktie was loose, and had twisted to one side in the struggle.

  • The youngest, whose ambition was the girl he loved, even wore a necktie.

    IT and Other Stories Gouverneur Morris
  • Also he's gone back to the flowin' necktie and is lettin' his hair grow wild again.

    Torchy As A Pa Sewell Ford
  • With a swift, surreptitious motion he straightened his necktie.

    Mountain Blood Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Miss Drayton kissed her nephew good-morning, straightened his necktie, and smoothed down a rebellious lock of curly dark hair.

    Honey-Sweet Edna Turpin
  • "Gone," said Keogh, working carefully at Uncle Sam's necktie.

  • Never make him look silly—any sillier than he can't help looking with that hair and that necktie he will wear.

    The Boy with Wings Berta Ruck
  • Everyone who wears cuffs and a necktie got a 'twice-over' and was 'out amongst 'em.'

    In Our Town William Allen White
  • Joe gave a pull at his necktie and a twitch at his jacket, and was off in a moment.

    Black Beauty Anna Sewell
British Dictionary definitions for necktie

necktie

/ˈnɛkˌtaɪ/
noun
1.
the US name for tie (sense 11)
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Word Origin and History for necktie
n.

1838, from neck (n.) + tie (n.). American English slang necktie party "a lynching" is recorded from 1871.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for necktie

necktie

noun

The noose used in a hanging: They'll put a necktie on you (1871+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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