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Definition of cracker-barrel in English:


[attributive] North American
(Of an outlook or point of view) plain, simple, and unsophisticated: his cracker-barrel philosophy
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  • Southern country-boy coaches were about the last of the nation's cracker-barrel philosophers.
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  • Behind the stereotype of the genial, cracker-barrel philosopher is a story of avarice, resentment, and political awakening.


Late 19th century: with reference to the barrels of soda crackers once found in country stores, around which informal discussions would take place between customers.

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