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barn door

noun
1.
the door of a barn
2.
(informal) a target so large that it cannot be missed
3.
(photog, television, theatre) an adjustable flap over the front of a studio or theatre lamp
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  • Joe Braggs, for instance, would snore till the barn door rattled.

    The Yeoman Adventurer George W. Gough
  • A burnt stick and a barn door served Wilkie in lieu of pencil and canvas.

    Self-Help Samuel Smiles
  • He told how one of their party had come near getting his skin sewed on a barn door.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • Spotty appeared at the barn door, wagging his tail engagingly.

  • Mr. Preston stood at the barn door, giving commands to the workers.

    Madge Morton's Trust Amy D. V. Chalmers
  • The calk of the iron shoe was left sticking in the barn door.

  • Why, from the price I expected something as big as a barn door!

    It Pays to Smile Nina Wilcox Putnam
  • After a while, at the barn door there was a familiar flash of white and yellow.

    The Calico Cat Charles Miner Thompson
  • He finished the milking and the other chores and latched the barn door.

    The Duck-footed Hound James Arthur Kjelgaard

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