feel (one's) collar

(redirected from feel their collar)

feel (one's) collar

To arrest one (as if by first grabbing them by their collar). The police will feel your collar soon enough if you keep breaking the law.
See also: collar, feel

feel someone's collar

arrest or legally apprehend someone.
The image here is of using a person's collar as a means of getting a secure grip on them.
See also: collar, feel
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Lewis and Pickering were certainly made to feel their collars, but they got what they wanted on the playing front in the end after some tough negotiating.
The start of a new year is an excellent time to feel their collars and bring this yapping bunch of pooches to heel.