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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. 2016.
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  • His head drooped lower—he began to twiddle the fob on his watch chain.

    Baby Mine Margaret Mayo
  • Some of them have a watch chain, but there is not always a watch at the end of it.

    India and the Indians Edward F. Elwin
  • Emily held out a handsome locket, with a monogram in diamonds, attached to her watch chain.

    I Say No Wilkie Collins
  • She made a move to take out his watch chain but Yates stopped her.

  • "I keep Liston on his track," she said, playing nervously with her watch chain.

  • Have it mounted in silver or gold and wear it as a charm on your watch chain.

  • He gave her another leaflet from his book, and detached a golden pencil from his watch chain.

    A Fascinating Traitor Richard Henry Savage
  • Around one skate was a watch chain that appeared to be of solid gold.

    The Putnam Hall Champions Arthur M. Winfield
  • Tetlow, fumbling vaguely with his watch chain, gazed straight ahead.

    The Grain Of Dust David Graham Phillips
  • He detaches a pencil from his watch chain and bends over the paper, writing.

    Votes for Women Elizabeth Robins
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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