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barney

[bahr-nee] /ˈbɑr ni/
noun, plural barneys.
1.
Informal.
  1. an argument.
  2. a prizefight.
  3. a fight or brawl.
  4. a blunder or mistake.
2.
a small locomotive used in mining and logging.
3.
Movie Slang. a heavily padded cover for a camera, used to reduce the camera noise so that it will not be picked up by the sound-recording equipment.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; perhaps special uses of Barney

Barney

[bahr-nee] /ˈbɑr ni/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Bernard.
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British Dictionary definitions for barneys

barney

/ˈbɑːnɪ/
noun
1.
a noisy argument
verb (intransitive)
2.
(mainly Austral & NZ) to argue or quarrel
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for barneys

barney

n.

1859, British slang, "lark, spree, rough enjoyment," of uncertain origin. Later also "a fixed prize-fight."

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Slang definitions & phrases for barneys

barney

noun
  1. A prizefight or race whose outcome has been prearranged; a fixed fight or race: looked like a barney, as if there were some collusion (mid-1800s+)
  2. A despised person; nerd

[1980s+ college students; second sense fr the name of a character in the TV show The Flintstones]


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