from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as watch guard, below.
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- n. short chain or ribbon attaching a pocket watch to a man's vest
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He wore a black overcoat, unbuttoned now; a black braided suit with cloth-covered buttons; a single-breasted black vest with a heavy gold watch chain passed through a buttonhole; black shoes.
I'd stood at the door in my black, unpressed, cuffless wool pants; wide suspenders; heavy black buttoned shoes; green-and-white-striped shirt with no collar, though both front and back studs were in the neckband; and I wore a double-breasted black vest with braided edges, a heavy gold watch chain stretched across it.
You think it likely anybody’s going to believe that, Kay? the attorney general asked as he absently fingered the rose-gold watch chain looped over his vest.