barneys

barney

[bahr-nee]
noun, plural barneys.
1.
Informal.
a.
an argument.
b.
a prizefight.
c.
a fight or brawl.
d.
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:
1860–65; perhaps special uses of Barney

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Barney

[bahr-nee]
noun
a male given name, form of Bernard.
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barney (ˈbɑːnɪ)
 
n
1.  a noisy argument
 
vb
2.  chiefly (Austral), (NZ) to argue or quarrel
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

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