The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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In The Catcher in the Rye by Salinger, what is Holden's "hounds-tooth"?

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At the beginning of Chapter 6, Holden says of Stradlater, who has just returned from his date with Jane Gallagher:

All he did was thank me for letting him wear my hound's-tooth.

Towards the end of Chapter 4, Holden calls the hound's-tooth by its full name.

He put on my hound's-tooth jacket.

"Jesus, now, try not to stretch it all over the place," I said. 

Holden has good...

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It was used as a jacket, which Stradlater takes and uses it for a date with a girl without Holden's permission.

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