barney

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.

Oldfield

[ohld-feeld]
noun
Berna Eli [bur-nuh] , ("Barney") 1878–1946, U.S. racing-car driver.
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barney (ˈbɑːnɪ)
 
n
1.  a noisy argument
 
vb
2.  chiefly (Austral), (NZ) to argue or quarrel
 
[C19: of unknown origin]

Oldfield (ˈəʊldˌfiːld)
 
n
Bruce. born 1950, British fashion designer

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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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In Commonwealth hackish, "barney" is to fred as bar is to foo. That is, people who commonly use "fred" as their first metasyntactic variable will often use "barney" second. The reference is, of course, to Fred Flintstone and Barney Rubble in the Flintstones cartoons.
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(1994-11-28)

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