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barn raising

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  1. (in rural areas) a party, usually providing food, drink, etc., for the purpose of assisting a neighbor to put up a new barn.

Origin of barn raising

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60
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Examples from the Web for barn raising

Historical Examples

  • Doc, you wouldnt last as long as a pint of whiskey at a barn-raising.

    The Sunset Trail

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • It's all about the barn-raising after we got home to the ranch.

    A Man in the Open

    Roger Pocock

  • One of the settlers has to-day a "barn-raising frolic," and thither they are bound.

  • On the day of Olaf Ericson's barn-raising, his wife, for once in a way, rose early.

  • Five years from spring, other Amish folk would come to homestead—what a barn-raising they'd have!

    Blind Man's Lantern

    Allen Kim Lang