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watch guard

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noun
  1. a short chain, cord, or ribbon for securing a watch when worn on the person.

Origin of watch guard

First recorded in 1825–35
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Examples from the Web for watch guard

Historical Examples

  • I have got a watch-guard too, you see, for fear of losing my watch.

    Deerbrook

    Harriet Martineau

  • Here, each of you wear one of these on your watch-guard to remind you.

    Eight Cousins

    Louisa M. Alcott

  • Did you or did you not notice what kind of watch-guard Mr. Bellingham was wearing?

    The Vanishing Man

    R. Austin Freeman

  • "I think you will," he answered, playing with his watch-guard.

  • Behold him in pepper-and-salt pantaloons, with his watch-guard round his neck.

    Our Mutual Friend

    Charles Dickens