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American English: /ˈbɛrəl/
British English: /ˈbar(ə)l/

Translation of barrel in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (container) a barrel of laughswe had a barrel of laughs
    nos divertimos muchísimo
    it wasn't exactly a barrel of laughs
    no fue lo que se dice muy divertido
    to be like shooting fish in a barrel (American English) to have somebody over a barrel
    tener a alguien entre la espada y la pared
    to scrape (the bottom of) the barrel
    no quedarle a uno más recursos
    have you seen her new boyfriend? she's really scraping the barrel!
    ¿has visto con quién sale ahora? ¡tiene que estar muy desesperada!
    this channel is really scraping the bottom of the barrel
    solo dan basura por este canal
    Example sentences
    • Transfer to a wooden barrel or similar container and leave to cool down to a temperature of around 16 degrees Celsius.
    • Use what you have - rocks, broken-up concrete, logs, old metal barrels or even sawhorses.
    • There were cobwebs and old wooden crates and barrels scattered carelessly about; evidently, this place had once been used for storage.
    1.2 (measure of oil)
    Example sentences
    • Annual capacity would be 200,000 tonnes, equivalent to 1.7 million barrels or 1.97 million hectolitres of beer.
    • The tanker Jessica - carrying some 7700 barrels of fuel - ran aground on Tuesday.
    • By 1911 the Moturoa oilfield had three wells producing around 110 barrels of oil a week.

transitive verb (British English) -ll-

  • (beer/wine)
    Example sentences
    • Barreling your beer is much less messy and time-consuming than using bottles.
    • The natural pressure will build up during the secondary fermentation, caused by the addition of priming sugar and barreling the beer before the yeast has died.
    • All waste oil is barreled for pick up by a waste oil burning company.

intransitive verb (British English) -ll-

  • (move fast) (American English) [colloquial]we were barreling down the road
    íbamos disparados or [colloquial] como bólidos por la carretera
    Example sentences
    • The idea would have been appealing, had we not been traveling at 65 mph on the highway, with tractor-trailers barreling along beside us.
    • They were barreling along much like monkeys, swinging their legs forward then their arms, hissing and screeching the entire time.
    • The driver lost control and barrelled off the road narrowly missing one of the other jeeps as he did.

Phrasal verbs

barrel along

verb + adverb (American English)
ir disparado or [colloquial] como un bólido

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