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watch chain

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 of watch chain
1730-40 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The key, one of a peculiar make, hung always on his watch-chain.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • And he went quickly to the writing-table, opening it with the key of his watch-chain.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • A great bunch of seals hung from his watch-chain under his black waistcoat.

    Willing to Die Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • Another of playing with his watch-chain when he talked—it was there!

    Ravensdene Court J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  • He wore no rings and no scarf-pin, even his watch-chain was only of leather.

    The Nebuly Coat John Meade Falkner
  • Halliday, I should have said, had a small compass attached to his watch-chain.

    Saved from the Sea W.H.G. Kingston
  • That is Nat Poole's charm—the one he lost from his watch-chain!

    Dave Porter and His Rivals Edward Stratemeyer
  • Playing with his watch-chain, he had struggled to look calm and impassive.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • Alexander cordially embraced the prince, and, putting the ring upon his watch-chain, promised that he would always wear it.

  • He then recollected there was a gold seal attached to his watch-chain.

    The Three Admirals W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for watch-chain

watch chain

a chain used for fastening a pocket watch to the clothing See also fob1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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