Definition of collar verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    collar

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒlə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlər//
     
    (informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they collar
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒlə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlər//
     
    he / she / it collars
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒləz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlərz//
     
    past simple collared
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒləd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlərd//
     
    past participle collared
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒləd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlərd//
     
    -ing form collaring
    BrE BrE//ˈkɒlərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːlərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1collar somebody to capture somebody and hold them tightly so that they cannot escape from you Police collared the culprit as he was leaving the premises.
  2. 2collar somebody to stop somebody in order to talk to them I was collared in the street by a woman doing a survey.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French colier, from Latin collare ‘band for the neck, collar’, from collum ‘neck’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: collar