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chains, plural noun

Forms:
Frequently with initial capital.
Origin:
Named for the chains at each end of Simmonds Street which formerly closed the area to traffic.
historical
1. in the phrase between the chains.
a. As an adverbial phrase: In the chained-off portion of Simmonds Street, Johannesburg (alluding to stock dealing).
1888 in Story of Jhb. Stock Exchange (Comm. of Jhb. Stock Exchange) (1948) 20One of the sights in the afternoon is that to be witnessed ‘between the chains’...It is between the chains, too, that the larger part of landed property for sale in the town is put up for auction.
1983 J.A. Brown White Locusts 70The crowd between the chains was shouting the odds of shares when he drove up and dismounted.
b. As n. phr.: The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (see JSE). Also attributive.
Note:
Used as a name for the Johannesburg Stock Exchange from 1887 to 1902. See note at JSE.
1958 A. Jackson Trader on Veld 50The old ‘Corner House’, a three-storey building with a wooden verandah opposite the famous ‘Between the Chains’ Exchange.
1990 C. Laffeaty Far Forbidden Plains 28Because of the special chained-off portion in the street the Exchange is often spoken of as ‘Between the Chains’.
2. The chains: That portion of Simmonds Street where the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was at one time situated. Also attributive.
1900 H.C. Hillegas Oom Paul’s People 296The popular gathering place in the city is the street in front of one of the stock exchanges known as ‘The Chains.’
1913 C. Pettman Africanderisms 119Chains, The, That portion of Simmonds Street, Johannesburg, which is closed to vehicular traffic, and reserved for the operations of stock and mining speculations.
In the chained-off portion of Simmonds Street, Johannesburg (alluding to stock dealing).
The Johannesburg Stock Exchange (see JSE). Also attributive.
That portion of Simmonds Street where the Johannesburg Stock Exchange was at one time situated. Also attributive.

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