cracker-barrel

[ krak-er-bar-uhl ]
/ ˈkræk ərˌbær əl /

adjective

of or suggesting the simple rustic informality and directness thought to be characteristic of life in and around a country store: homespun, cracker-barrel philosophy.

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Origin of cracker-barrel

1875–80, Americanism; adj. use of cracker barrel, around which rural people supposedly converse in old-style country stores
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Example sentences from the Web for cracker-barrel

  • The widow emptied a cracker-barrel and put the ore at the bottom, and then tumbled the crackers in on top of the ore.

  • “Well, I reckon,” answered Billy, reaching into a cracker-barrel and abstracting some odds and ends of hardtack.

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  • One day John, the cook, seized the cracker-barrel, intending to put it into a different corner.

British Dictionary definitions for cracker-barrel

cracker-barrel

adjective

US rural; rustic; homespuna cracker-barrel philosopher
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