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barrel

[ bar-uhl ]
/ ˈbær əl /
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noun
verb (used with object), bar·reled, bar·rel·ing or (especially British) bar·relled, bar·rel·ling.
verb (used without object), bar·reled, bar·rel·ing or (especially British) bar·relled, bar·rel·ling.
Informal. to travel or drive very fast: to barrel along the highway.
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Idioms about barrel

    over a barrel, Informal. in a helpless, weak, or awkward position; unable to act: They really had us over a barrel when they foreclosed the mortgage.

Origin of barrel

1250–1300; Middle English barell<Anglo-French baril,Old French barril<Vulgar Latin *barrīculum, equivalent to *barrīc(a), perhaps derivative of Late Latin barrabar1 + Latin -ulum-ule; compare Medieval Latin (circa 800) barriclus small cask

OTHER WORDS FROM barrel

half-barrel, nounun·bar·reled, adjectiveun·bar·relled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for barrel

barrel
/ (ˈbærəl) /

noun
verb -rels, -relling or -relled or US -rels, -reling or -reled

Word Origin for barrel

C14: from Old French baril perhaps from barre bar 1
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Other Idioms and Phrases with barrel

barrel

see both barrels; bottom of the barrel; cash on the barrelhead; like shooting fish in a barrel; lock, stock, and barrel; more fun than a barrel of monkeys; over a barrel; pork barrel; rotten apple (spoils the barrel).

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