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bar·rel / ˈbarəl/ • n. 1. a cylindrical container bulging out in the middle, traditionally made of wooden staves with metal hoops around them. ∎  such a container together with its contents: a barrel of beer. ∎  a measure of capacity used for oil and beer usually equal to 42 U.S. gallons (roughly 192 liters). 2. a tube forming part of an object such as a gun or a pen. 3. the belly and loins of a four-legged animal such as a horse. • v. (-reled , -rel·ing ; Brit. -relled, -rel·ling) 1. [intr.] inf. drive or move fast, often heedless of surroundings or conditions: we barreled across the Everglades barreling along the Ventura freeway. 2. [tr.] put into a barrel or barrels. PHRASES: a barrel of laughs inf. a source of fun or amusement: life is not exactly a barrel of laughs at the moment. over a barrel inf. in a helpless position; at someone's mercy. with both barrels inf. with unrestrained force or emotion.

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barrel barrel of salt the emblem of St Rupert, 8th-century bishop of Worms and Salzburg, who encouraged the development of salt-mines near Salzburg.
over a barrel in a helpless position, at someone's mercy. Perhaps referring to the condition of a person who has been rescued from drowning and is placed over a barrel to clear the lungs of water.

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barrel. Describes a form (barrel-vault) like a half-cylinder or extruded semicircular arch with a smooth underside. A barrel-ceiling is like the underside of a true barrel-vault.

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barrel A standard barrel contains 36 gallons. (36 imperial gallons (UK) = 163.6 L; 36 US gallons = 113.7 L.)

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barrel XIV. — (O)F. baril, of uncert. orig.