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Learner's definition of BAR  
: a building or room where alcoholic drinks and sometimes food are served
— see also sports bar, tiki bar
   b  : a counter where alcoholic drinks are served
— see also cash bar, open bar, wet bar
   c  : a building or room where a particular food or drink is served
— see also salad bar, snack bar
[count]  : a straight piece of metal, wood, etc., that is used as a tool, as part of a structure, or to keep people from entering or leaving through a door or window
◊ In U.S. English, bar is used figuratively in phrases like raise/lower the bar and set the bar higher/lower to refer to changing the standard that is used to judge whether someone or something is good, successful, etc.
[count]  : a solid piece of something that is shaped like a rectangle
[count]  : a straight line, stripe, or section that is longer than it is wide
[count]formal  : something that makes it difficult or impossible to do or achieve something — + to
the bar 
US  : the profession of a lawyer
   b  British 
orthe Bar
: the profession of a barrister
   c  US  : the test that a person must pass in order to be a lawyer
music [count] 
: a line in written music that shows where a measure begins
   b  : the beats between two bars in a piece of music

behind bars

: in jail

tend bar

: to work as a bartender : to prepare and serve drinks at a bar
Learner's definition of BAR  
[+ object]
: to put a bar or a set of bars in front of a door, window, etc., so that people cannot go in or out of it
: to put something in a road, path, etc., so that people cannot get by
: to prevent or forbid (someone) from doing something
   b  : to prevent or forbid (something)

no holds barred

— see 2hold
Learner's definition of BAR  
— used in the phrase bar none to emphasize that a statement is completely true
British  : except for : barring
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