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1‘a shirt collar’
historical ruff, gorget, bertha, Vandyke
2‘a small collar can be fitted round the pump rod to limit the length of stroke’
ring, band, collet, sleeve, pipe, flange, rim, rib
1‘the cricket star collared a thief who tried to nick his golf clubs’
apprehend, arrest, catch, capture, seize
take prisoner, take into custody, detain, put in jail, throw in jail, put behind bars, imprison, incarcerate
nab, nail, run in, pinch, bust, pick up, pull in, haul in, do, feel someone's collar
2‘an elderly chap collared me in the street’
accost, address, speak to, talk to, call to, shout to, hail, initiate a discussion with
approach, waylay, take aside, detain, stop, halt, grab, catch, confront, importune, solicit
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