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barn raising

(in rural areas) a party, usually providing food, drink, etc., for the purpose of assisting a neighbor to put up a new barn.
Origin of barn raising
1855-60, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Come a muster or a barn raising or an election or anything, Harve Allen fought somebody—and licked him.

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  • It can be made as much of a social institution as corn husking and barn raising were formerly.

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