Definition of barge in English:
- During slack water, tugs tow freight barges and rafts of logs through the narrows with scant room to manoeuvre.
- Over on the river, flat-bottomed barges being loaded with cargo and refugees headed off down the river.
- Farmers throughout the Midwest and southern states ship their produce on barges down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, where they are loaded onto ocean-going vessels.
- Minister O'Donoghue also spoke of the town as a popular boating centre and a base for the pleasure barges on the Barrow.
- But like this horse-riding character, Eggers is not on a pleasure barge.
- Many involved smaller boats, such as tugs, barges and fishing boats, in the Malacca Straits and Indonesian waters.
- The last anyone heard of him he was an oarsman on an officer's barge.
- We came over in the barge to the Hall with his Excellency, the ladies and the officers.
- Exhibits include an officers barge captured during the French invasion of 1796.
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- When you eventually wise up, faux police barge into your hotel and demand massive bribes in exchange for your freedom.
- According to the police, the activists allegedly tried to barge into the theatre on Sankey Road.
- She said she and the electrocardiogram technician argued regularly because the technician would often barge into her consulting room while Langley was seeing patients.
- Mid-interview, his adopted son, Michael, noisily interrupts as he barged in with a few friends clutching a bunch of bananas.
- It is true that nowadays people are less willing to wait and more people than ever seem to barge in rudely and think nothing of it.
- I told the angel of my intentions and asked forgiveness for barging in so rudely before.
- As the France international defender pulled up to allow the ball to run out of play, Beattie first barged his opponent and then butted him in the back of the head.
- The powerful striker barged his man out the way before bravely stretching to toe poke the ball past keeper Phil Naisbett for his first strike in five months.
- Or Bobo Balde crazily barging David Clarkson off the ball as the Motherwell man bounded into the box four minutes later to concede a penalty slotted away by Richie Forlan for an equaliser.
- These considerations can include barging equipment to the site, building a log dump and skids, or a dryland sort, checking for rock cuts, end haul areas and spoil sites, and the installation of bridges.
- Harvested logs are trucked to a sort south west of Sandspit where they are sorted and put in the water before being barged to Howe Sound, near Vancouver.
- The aircraft were barged to Hawaii, an epic journey in itself, for the main portion of the aerial filming.
A barge was originally a small seagoing vessel rather than a flat-bottomed boat for carrying freight. The word is French and probably comes ultimately from Greek baris, which referred to a kind of Egyptian boat used on the Nile. The sense ‘move forcefully or roughly’ (late 19th century) refers to the way a heavily laden, unwieldy barge might collide with the bank or other traffic. If you wouldn't touch something with a bargepole you refuse to have anything to do with it. The equivalent expression in America says that you wouldn't touch something with a ten-foot pole.
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