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collarnoun [C]

uk   /ˈkɒl.ər/ us   /ˈkɑː.lɚ/
B1 the part around the neck of a piece of clothing, usually sewn on and sometimes made of different material: a shirt collar a fur collar a dress with a big collar
B2 a strap made of leather or other strong material that is put around the neck of an animal, especially a dog or cat: I grabbed the dog by the collar and dragged it out of the room.
a type of necklace (= a piece of jewellery worn around the neck): a diamond collar
specialized biology an area around the neck of an animal that is coloured differently from the other parts of the body: The bird has grey feathers with a lighter collar.
specialized engineering a strip of strong material that is put around a pipe or a piece of machinery to make it stronger or to join two parts together

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collarverb [T]

uk   /ˈkɒl.ər/ us   /ˈkɑː.lɚ/ informal
to catch and hold someone so that they cannot escape: She was collared by the police at the airport.
to find someone and stop them from going somewhere, often so that you can talk to that person about something: I was collared by Pete as I was coming out of the meeting this morning.
(Definition of collar from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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collarnoun [C]

us   /ˈkɑl·ər/
  • collar noun [C] (NECK)

the part of a piece of clothing that goes around the neck
A collar is also a narrow piece made of leather or other strong material that is put around the neck of an animal, esp. a dog or cat kept as a pet.

collarverb [T]

us   /ˈkɑl·ər/ infml
  • collar verb [T] (CATCH)

to catch and hold someone so that the person can’t escape: fig. We decided to skip the meeting but she collared us in the hotel lobby.
(Definition of collar from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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