I'm trying to learn the lyrics and meaning of a song in russian (Мой друг - лучше всех играет блюз) and the first line is Поднят ворот, both unfamiliar words to me. A translation I found put them as meaning "his collar is raised", but it seems to me that Поднят ворот would mean the gate is raised. Is that a correct translation? If so, is ворот the word you would ordinarily use to mean collar?

As a side note, the title of the song "Мой друг - лучше всех играет блюз": is that "my freind, the best of all play the blues", or "my freind is the best blues player of all"?

Thanks if anyone can help me out with this.

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    Have you considered looking it up in a dictionary or something? – mustaccio Jun 12 '20 at 13:04
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    To be exact, it's "my friend plays blues best of all." – Yellow Sky Jun 12 '20 at 18:42
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    Ворот if in nominative case doesn't mean the gates, that's ворота; though in a context of mechanical devices ворот could mean a rotational mechanism (поворотный механизм) that raises the bridge or opens the gates. But here we have more like clothing/garment context though and @YellowSky comment below on the difference between воротник and ворот is a good answer. – DK. Jun 14 '20 at 10:32

Someone on reddit cleared it up for me. ворот is an abreiviation of воротник which means collar.

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    Ворот is not an abbreviation, it's a full noun, воротник is just another noun formed from ворот with the help of the word-building suffix -ник with various meanings, here it adds practically no new elements of meaning to ворот, maybe a shade of diminutiveness, 'little collar'. – Yellow Sky Jun 12 '20 at 15:04
  • "Ворот" is very rarely used nowadays in the meaning of "воротник". However, you should be able to find it in any dictionary. – Alexander Jun 12 '20 at 17:14
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    @Alexander - Technically, воротник and ворот are partial synonyms and can mean different things, especially for a tailor. Every shirt has ворот (the part around the neck), but not every shirt has воротник (a piece of cloth attached to the shirt around the neck). A typical T-shirt has ворот but doesn't have воротник. – Yellow Sky Jun 12 '20 at 18:40

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