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From the movie Goodfellas:

Police to gangster: Talk to me. When was the last time you took a collar? Fuckhead, I'm talking to you.

I can't find anything on the Internet. Does "take a collar" mean "be questioned" or "be detained by police"?

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    merriam-webster.com/dictionary/collar : an act of collaring : arrest, capture. idioms.thefreedictionary.com/collar : Of police, to arrest or detain someone, such as a suspect of a crime. Police were able to collar the suspect after he fled down one of the neighborhood's back alleys. In general it's a good idea to look up the individual words in a phrase first to see if there are any definitions that make sense in context before trying to find the entire phrase. – ColleenV parted ways Apr 29 '18 at 1:43
  • I have not heard the verb collar with take but with make, when it means "to arrest, to apprehend". To take a collar means "to get arrested", I think, as James says in his answer. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Apr 29 '18 at 10:44
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"Collar" has a verbal meaning "to arrest or detain someone (MW) So this is related to "arrest" not "questioning" (This meaning dates back to the 1500s, from a meaning "grab someone by the neck")

A collar, then, in this context means "an act of being arrested". A little more context from the movie could make the exact meaning of "take a collar" clear. It seems to mean "allow oneself to be arrested for a crime committed by another person". Given that "Goodfellas" is about gangsters I suppose a low-level gangster might "take a collar" to protect a higher ranking gangster.

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