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barrel

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1barrel/ˈberəl/noun
pluralbarrels
1barrel
/ˈberəl/
noun
pluralbarrels
Learner's definition of BARREL  
[count]
: a round usually wooden container with curved sides and flat ends
   b  : the amount of something in a barrel
— see also pork barrel
: the part of a gun that the bullets go through when the gun is fired
— see picture at gunsee also lock, stock, and barrel at 1lock

a barrel of laughs

informal
: someone or something that is very funny — often used in negative statements or in an ironic way to describe someone or something that is not really funny

more fun than a barrel (full) of monkeys

US, informal + somewhat old-fashioned
: very funny and enjoyable

over a barrel

: in a bad situation : in a situation where you are forced to do something you do not want to do

the bottom of the barrel

— see 1bottom

— barreled

(US)or Britishbarrelled/ˈberəld/adjective
— see also double-barreled
— used in combination
2barrel/ˈberəl/verb
barrelsbarreledalsobarrelledbarrelingalsobarrelling
2barrel
/ˈberəl/
verb
barrelsbarreledalsobarrelledbarrelingalsobarrelling
Learner's definition of BARREL  
always followed by an adverb or preposition[no object]US, informal
: to move very fast and often in an uncontrolled or dangerous way
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