barge in


a capacious, flat-bottomed vessel, usually intended to be pushed or towed, for transporting freight or passengers; lighter.
a vessel of state used in pageants: elegantly decorated barges on the Grand Canal in Venice.
Navy. a boat reserved for a flag officer.
a boat that is heavier and wider than a shell, often used in racing as a training boat.
New England (chiefly Older Use) . a large, horse-drawn coach or, sometimes, a bus.
verb (used without object), barged, barging.
to move clumsily; bump into things; collide: to barge through a crowd.
to move in the slow, heavy manner of a barge.
verb (used with object), barged, barging.
to carry or transport by barge: Coal and ore had been barged down the Ohio to the Mississippi.
Verb phrases
barge in, to intrude, especially rudely: I hated to barge in without an invitation.
barge into,
Also, barge in on. to force oneself upon, especially rudely; interfere in: to barge into a conversation.
to bump into; collide with: He started to run away and barged into a passer-by.

1250–1300; Middle English < Middle French, perhaps < Latin *bārica; see bark3

barge, boat, canoe, cruise ship, sailboat, ship, yacht. Unabridged
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barge (bɑːdʒ)
1.  a vessel, usually flat-bottomed and with or without its own power, used for transporting freight, esp on canals
2.  a vessel, often decorated, used in pageants, for state occasions, etc
3.  navy a boat allocated to a flag officer, used esp for ceremonial occasions and often carried on board his flagship
4.  jocular, derogatory any vessel, esp an old or clumsy one
5.  informal (Austral) a heavy or cumbersome surfboard
vb (foll by into)
6.  informal to bump (into)
7.  informal (tr) to push (someone or one's way) violently
8.  informal (intr; foll by into or in) to interrupt rudely or clumsily: to barge into a conversation
9.  (tr) sailing to bear down on (another boat or boats) at the start of a race
10.  (tr) to transport by barge
11.  informal (intr) to move slowly or clumsily
[C13: from Old French, from Medieval Latin barga, probably from Late Latin barca a small boat; see barque]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, "small seagoing vessel with sails," from O.Fr. barge, O.Prov. barca, from M.L. barga, from L. *barica, from Gk. baris "Egyptian boat," from Coptic bari "small boat." Meaning "flat-bottomed freight boat" dates from late 15c. The verb form barge into dates from 1830s, Amer.Eng.
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Idioms & Phrases

barge in

Enter rudely or abruptly, intrude. For example, Her mother never knocks but just barges in. The term is also put as barge into or barge in on to mean interrupt, as in Who asked you to barge into our conversation? These phrases use to barge in the sense of "bump into" or "knock against," which may allude to the propensity of these clumsy vessels to collide with other craft. [Late 1800s]

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