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[bahr-room, -roo m] /ˈbɑrˌrum, -ˌrʊm/
an establishment or room with a bar for the serving of alcoholic beverages.
Origin of barroom
1790-1800, Americanism; bar1 + room Unabridged
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  • Wars are not barroom brawls writ large, or domestic violence that has been somehow extended to strangers.
  • When he was done, he had some findings that could settle a lot of barroom arguments.
  • Now we're a refined gentleman's street fight as opposed to a barroom brawl.
  • The lyrics avoid both the pat sentimentality of barroom camaraderie and the hollow rhetoric of recovery.
  • The style can be university lecture one moment, barroom knockabout the next.
  • He often grabs unsuspecting friends for a dramatic tango across barroom floors.
  • Beat up a freshman in a barroom one night and you can be back on the court three days later.
  • Piper is the swinish bully in every late-night barroom, oinking epithets and sucker- punching anyone smaller than he.
  • What was once a dreaded barroom activity is now almost hip.
  • The result is a barroom brawl for control of these rights.
British Dictionary definitions for barroom


/ˈbɑːˌruːm; -ˌrʊm/
(US) a room or building where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
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Word Origin and History for barroom

1797, from bar (n.2) + room (n.).

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