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"collar" in British English

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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 collarB2 a ​strap made of ​leather or other ​strongmaterial 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 ​jewelleryworn around the ​neck): a ​diamond collar specialized biology an ​area around the ​neck of an ​animal that is ​coloureddifferently from the other ​parts of the ​body: The ​bird has ​greyfeathers with a ​lighter collar. specialized engineering a ​strip of ​strongmaterial 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)

"collar" in American English

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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 ​narrowpiece made of ​leather or other ​strongmaterial that is put around the ​neck of an ​animal, esp. a ​dog or ​catkept 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 ​hotellobby.
(Definition of collar from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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