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90s Slang You Should Know

barn door

the door of a barn
(informal) a target so large that it cannot be missed
(photog, television, theatre) an adjustable flap over the front of a studio or theatre lamp
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  • Joe Braggs, for instance, would snore till the barn door rattled.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • He tiptoed to the barn door, eying a light in the farm-house.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • He told how one of their party had come near getting his skin sewed on a barn door.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • There was the little hen, sitting on the ground, near the barn door.

    Clematis Bertha B. Cobb
  • Mr. Preston stood at the barn door, giving commands to the workers.

    Madge Morton's Trust Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • His mother turned the key in the padlock on the outside of the barn door.

  • Why, from the price I expected something as big as a barn door!

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • A burnt stick and a barn door served Wilkie in lieu of pencil and canvas.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • He finished the milking and the other chores and latched the barn door.

    The Duck-footed Hound James Arthur Kjelgaard

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