One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An ornamental chain or string of beads, jewels, or links worn around the neck.
chain, choker, necklet, beads, pearls, pendant, locketView synonyms
- ‘I blinked, scratching at the chain of my necklace resting against my collarbone.’
- ‘An emerald necklace hung loosely on his neck.’
- ‘Patrick has black spiky hair and wears a beaded necklace around his neck.’
- ‘She placed her favorite gold necklace around her neck.’
- ‘My friend's girlfriend saw my pentacle necklace dangling from my neck as it usually does.’
- ‘I need some superhero powers, and a pretty chunky colourful beaded necklace might just do it.’
- ‘I have a silver necklace with a purple rose pendant, which is wonderful.’
- ‘All the money and a beautiful diamond necklace are bequeathed to the servant.’
- ‘She took a deep breath and fiddled with the sapphire necklace hanging down below her collar bone.’
- ‘Kilometres below a city sparkles like an intricate necklace at the throat of a continent.’
- ‘At her neck, she wore a sliver Y-shaped necklace studded in faux diamonds.’
- ‘They had only one thing of value; their mother's old necklace.’
- ‘Selena blushed as she opened the present, and found it was a necklace with a crescent moon charm.’
- ‘One Mexican family was setting up a booth filled with beaded necklaces and earrings.’
- ‘The necklace lay in its box on her vanity dresser, among her other jewelry.’
- ‘She then put a matching opal choker necklace around Zeya's throat.’
- ‘He closed his fist around the cross dangling from the necklace at her throat.’
- ‘She wore a matching pearl necklace and had a dark complexion with bright brown eyes.’
- ‘Moriah fingered a jeweled necklace she was wearing, looking far away, remembering something.’
- ‘Her task was to steal an expensive diamond necklace from the Queen.’
- ‘The leader walked over to him and pulled a bone necklace over his head and handed it to Ace.’
- ‘His hand was frozen, suspended in mid-air, the necklace barely dangling off it.’
2(chiefly in South Africa) a tire doused or filled with gasoline, placed around a victim's neck, and set on fire.
(in South Africa) kill (someone) with a tire necklace.
- ‘It was not a simple one-on-one conflict between the forces of evil and the forces of liberation; it was violence against civilians, murder, necklacing, informers, bad police officers and units wreaking havoc within.’
- ‘To this, Rasulullah replied, ‘If you wish to be necklaced with a garland of fire, you may accept it.’’
- ‘We should drag them from their homes and necklace them, Soweto-style.’
- ‘‘And in some ways the fear is that you will be necklaced here,’ he noted, ‘[that] you will have a flaming tire of lack of patriotism put around your neck.’’
- ‘The angry residents, definitely frustrated with the law enforcement approach to their distress calls, after slaughtering the bandits, even necklaced the corpses with tyres so that they could torch them.’
- ‘The violence of the past-specifically, the dreaded practice of necklacing, which mingled the smell of rubber with the ‘sickly stench of roasting human flesh’ has been eliminated.’
- ‘After a resurgence of vigilante action, including necklacing, he had asked the agencies for information on why it was happening.’
- ‘The necklacing torture deaths of a couple of bangers in ‘The Quick Fix’ was kind of nasty, but not that meaningful to us.’
- ‘In some ways, the fear is that you will be necklaced here.’
- ‘In these impoverished dense settlements, where both schooling and policing had almost ceased, older rural strategies and conflicts were given a macabre new twist, including the use of necklacing.’
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