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verb (used with object), garred, gar·ring.
  1. Scot. to compel or force (someone) to do something.
  2. Scot. and North England Obsolete. to do, perform, or cause.
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Origin of gar2

1250–1300; Middle English geren, garren, gairen < Old Norse gera to do, make; akin to Old English gearwian to prepare
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British Dictionary definitions for garring


noun plural gar or gars
  1. short for garpike, garfish
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  1. (tr) Scot to cause or compel
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Word Origin

from Old Norse
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Word Origin and History for garring



"pike-like fish," 1765, American English, shortening of garfish (mid-15c.), from Old English gar "spear," from Proto-Germanic *gaizo- (cf. Old Norse geirr, Old Saxon, Old High German ger, German Ger "spear"), from PIE *ghaiso- "stick, spear" (see goad).

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