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barrel British & World English

A cylindrical container bulging out in the middle, traditionally made of wooden staves with metal hoops round them

barrel New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

measure of capacity for oil and beer

barrel roll British & World English

An aerobatic manoeuvre in which an aircraft follows a single turn of a spiral while rolling once about its longitudinal axis

gun barrel British & World English

The metal tube of a gun, through which the shot is discharged

pork barrel British & World English

Used in reference to the utilization of government funds for projects designed to please voters or legislators and win votes

barrel cactus British & World English

A spiny, ribbed cylindrical cactus

barrel organ British & World English

A small pipe organ played by turning a handle, which rotates a cylinder studded with pegs that open the valves to produce a preset tune, formerly much used by street musicians

barrel vault British & World English

A vault forming a half cylinder

barrel-chested British & World English

Having a large rounded chest

biscuit barrel British & World English

A small barrel-shaped container for biscuits

cracker-barrel British & World English

(Of an outlook or point of view) plain, simple, and unsophisticated

tumbling barrel British & World English

A revolving device containing an abrasive substance, in which castings, gemstones, or other hard objects can be cleaned by friction

over a barrel British & World English

In a helpless position; at someone’s mercy

barrel distortion British & World English

A type of defect in optical or electronic images in which vertical or horizontal straight lines appear as convex curves

scrape the barrel British & World English

Be reduced to using things or people of the poorest quality because there is nothing else available

a barrel of laughs British & World English

A source of amusement or pleasure

lock, stock, and barrel British & World English

Including everything; completely

over a barrel in barrel British & World English

In a helpless position; at someone’s mercy

scrape the barrel in scrape British & World English

Be reduced to using things or people of the poorest quality because there is nothing else available

a barrel of laughs in barrel British & World English

A source of amusement or pleasure

lock, stock, and barrel in lock1 British & World English

Including everything; completely

scrape the barrel or the bottom of the barrel in scrape British & World English

Be reduced to using things or people of the poorest quality because there is nothing else available

Arizona barrel cactus in barrel cactus British & World English

A spiny, ribbed cylindrical cactus