• "His left hand gripped the collar of my jacket."
    "His left hand gripped the collar of my jacket."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v collar take into custody "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
    • v collar furnish with a collar "collar the dog"
    • v collar seize by the neck or collar
    • n collar the act of apprehending (especially apprehending a criminal) "the policeman on the beat got credit for the collar"
    • n collar a figurative restraint "asked for a collar on program trading in the stock market","kept a tight leash on his emotions","he's always gotten a long leash"
    • n collar necklace that fits tightly around a woman's neck
    • n collar a band that fits around the neck and is usually folded over
    • n collar a band of leather or rope that is placed around an animal's neck as a harness or to identify it
    • n collar the stitching that forms the rim of a shoe or boot
    • n collar a short ring fastened over a rod or shaft to limit, guide, or secure a machine part
    • n collar anything worn or placed about the neck "the thief was forced to wear a heavy wooden collar","a collar of flowers was placed about the neck of the winning horse"
    • n collar (zoology) an encircling band or marking around the neck of any animal
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

"The men unlocked the collars." "The men unlocked the collars."
Palmer Grabbed Alfred by the Collar Palmer Grabbed Alfred by the Collar
Arrival of the G.O.M. Collars Arrival of the G.O.M. Collars

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The first US Marines wore high leather collars to protect their necks from sabres, hence the name "leathernecks."
    • Collar (Arch) A collar beam.
    • Collar (Zoöl) A colored ring round the neck of a bird or mammal.
    • Collar (Mining) A curb, or a horizontal timbering, around the mouth of a shaft.
    • Collar (Arch) A ring or cincture.
    • Collar (Mech) A ring or round flange upon, surrounding, or against an object, and used for restraining motion within given limits, or for holding something to its place, or for hiding an opening around an object; as, a collar on a shaft, used to prevent endwise motion of the shaft; a collar surrounding a stovepipe at the place where it enters a wall. The flanges of a piston and the gland of a stuffing box are sometimes called collars .
    • Collar (Zoöl) A ringlike part of a mollusk in connection with esophagus.
    • Collar (Naut) An eye formed in the bight or bend of a shroud or stay to go over the masthead; also, a rope to which certain parts of rigging, as dead-eyes, are secured.
    • Collar An ornament worn round the neck by knights, having on it devices to designate their rank or order.
    • Collar Something worn round the neck, whether for use, ornament, restraint, or identification; as, the collar of a coat; a lady's collar; the collar of a dog.
    • Collar (Bot) The neck or line of junction between the root of a plant and its stem.
    • Collar to arrest, as a wanted criminal. Same as put the collar on.
    • Collar To put a collar on.
    • Collar To seize by the collar.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There are 11 points on the collar around Kermit the Frog's neck.
    • n collar Something worn about the neck, whether for restraint, convenience, or ornament. Specifically— A band, usually of iron, worn by prisoners or slaves as a means of restraint or a badge of servitude.
    • n collar Anything resembling a collar; something in the form of a collar, or analogous to a collar in situation. In architecture: A ring or cincture. A collar-beam.
    • n collar A sort of punch made of sack, cider, and sugar. The Cheats, 1662, in Wright.
    • collar To seize by the collar.
    • collar To put a collar on.
    • collar To roll up and bind (a piece of meat): as, to collar beef. See collared beef, under collared.
    • collar In racing slang, to draw up to; get even with or be neck-and-neck with in racing.
    • collar In cricket, to become complete master of (the bowling): said of the batsman.
    • collar To lay hold of; ‘nab’; take possession of; in foot-ball, to tackle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Dutch engineers have developed a computerized machine that allows a cow to milk itself. Each cow in the herd has a computer chip in its collar. If the computer senses that the cow has not been milked in a given period of time, the milk-laden animal is allowed to enter the stall. The robot sensors locate the teats, apply the vacuum devices, and the cow is milked. The machine costs a mere $250,000 and is said to boost milk production by 15%.
    • n Collar kol′ar something worn round the neck: the part of a garment at the neck: a band round a dog's neck: that part of a horse's harness worn round the neck, to which the traces are attached: a ring: a band
    • v.t Collar to seize by the collar: to put a collar on: to capture
    • ***


Have your collar felt - (UK) If someone has their collar felt, they are arrested.
Hot under the collar - If you're hot under the collar, you're feeling angry or bothered.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. coler, coller, OF. colier, F. collier, necklace, collar, fr. OF. col, neck, F. cou, fr. L. collum,; akin to AS. heals, G. & Goth. hals,. Cf. Hals (n.)


In literature:

One old Frenchman had a ruffled shirt-front and a very high coat-collar that made him look like a picture, and knee-breeches.
"A Little Girl in Old New York" by Amanda Millie Douglas
Pendergast overtook him, and snatched the collar of the cape-coat.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Sure the missus'll put a tin ear on ye, if she catches ye in the cellar in yer collars an' all!
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
This will make two folds from the top of the collar to the bottom of the skirt.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain
She wore a brown skirt, and a green bodice with a linen collar, and a knot of brown ribbon at her throat.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
Once he had broken a collar.
"Frank of Freedom Hill" by Samuel A. Derieux
That part of a stay which is formed into a sort of collar to go round the mast-head; the eye and mouse form the collar.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
For the collar pick up the stitches around the neck, knit 8 rows of gray, then 6 rows of color, and bind off.
"Handbook of Wool Knitting and Crochet" by Anonymous
A very representative lace of Genoa is known as collar lace, very widely used for the falling collars of the Vandyke period.
"Chats on Old Lace and Needlework" by Emily Leigh Lowes
All I could see was her gingham shirtwaist suit with its prudish white linen cuffs and collar, and her rough straw hat.
"Elizabeth Hobart at Exeter Hall" by Jean K. Baird

In poetry:

"They gets it pretty hot,
The maidens what we cotch -
Two years this lady's got
For collaring a wotch."
"The Troubadour" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"I scraped wi' my foot, master,
Till a' my collars rang,
But still the mair that I did scrape,
Waken woud ye nane."
"The Broomfield Hill" by Andrew Lang
Crops like hedgehogs, high-crown'd hats,
Whispers like Jew MOSES ;
Padded collars, thick cravats,
And cheeks as red as roses.
"Male Fashions for 1799" by Mary Darby Robinson
Neber min' what's in your cran'um
So your collar's high an' true.
Neber min' what's in your pocket
So de blackin's on your shoe.
"The Don't-Care Negro" by Joseph Seamon Cotter Sr
"A collar, a collar, here!" said the king,
"A collar!" he loud gan cry;
Then would he liever than twenty pound,
He had not been so nigh.
"King Edward IV. And The Tanner Of Tamworth" by Henry Morley
"A collar, a collar," the tanner he said,
"I trow it will breed sorrow;
After a collar cometh a halter,
I trow I'll be hanged to-morrow."--
"King Edward IV. And The Tanner Of Tamworth" by Henry Morley

In news:

"I was a blue-collar, hang-out-on-the-street-corner kind of kid," said John D Podesta, President Bill Clinton's former chief of staff.
The district asked its blue-collar union to forgo wage increases and give back money to the district last summer as school closures loomed.
Collar Conditioning to Dog Bed.
He wears high white collars and still prefers to correspond with paper and pen, but everyone in fashion knows that Karl Lagerfeld is a champion multitasker.
This undated Collar family photo shows University of South Alabama freshman Gil Collar, 18, who was shot to death by a campus police officer on Saturday, Oct 6, 2012, in Mobile, Ala.
Journal Overreach, Overjoyed in Auckland, the New Blue Collar.
Mention the Edsel, and immediately everyone recalls the infamous "horse-collar grille"--technically called the "impact ring" by Ford officials at its introduction.
Bud Foster's lunch pail , the longtime symbol of Virginia Tech's blue-collar, working man's defense, heads into this season carrying a little more weight than in past years.
It's not just blue or white collar anymore as consultants labels for new jobs to the pallette .
"A lot of my food is just tricked-out versions of blue-collar American classics".
She has a collar, but her name tag fell off at home.
She is blind and has a collar with tags (wrong address on tags).
Where the Peter Pan Collar Came From—and Why It's Back.
Is Biology Just Another Pink-Collar Profession.
The surge in " pink-collar " start-ups—businesses in traditionally feminine industries like fashion, beauty, and shopping—has been a somewhat controversial topic.

In science:

As above, the Collar Lemma also tells us that β has an embedded collar neighborhood of width 2a in D .
The geometry at infinity of a hyperbolic Riemann surface of infinite type
Since the arc α([u1 , u2 ]) crosses half the collar CM∞ (α0 , a) twice in the interior of D , its length must be greater than 2a.
The geometry at infinity of a hyperbolic Riemann surface of infinite type
To do this gluing it may be necessary to glue collars onto X0 and X01 , in which to flatten the SpinC -structure.
Cobordism, Relative Indices and Stein Fillings
Here X ′′ + is the SpinC -manifold, X ′ + with a collar attached deforming the SpinC -structure on bX ′ + to that defined on bX+ .
Cobordism, Relative Indices and Stein Fillings
We place metrics on X and Y such that collars of ∂X and ∂Y are isometric to [−1, 0] × T and [0, 1] × T , respectively. (3) Consider the 3-manifold M = X ∪T Y with the orientation and metric induced by the orientation and metric on X and Y .
Splitting the spectral flow and the SU(3) Casson invariant for spliced sums