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watch chain

noun
1.
a chain, frequently of gold or silver, attached to a pocket watch, serving as an ornament and, when passed through a buttonhole in the vest, as a guard against loss or theft of the watch.
Origin
1730-1740
1730-40
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British Dictionary definitions for watch-chain

watch chain

noun
1.
a chain used for fastening a pocket watch to the clothing See also fob1
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