watch-chain

watch chain

noun
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:
1730–40

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watch chain
 
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See also fob a chain used for fastening a pocket watch to the clothing

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