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briar1

[brahy-er] /ˈbraɪ ər/
noun
1.
brier1 .
Related forms
briary, adjective

briar2

[brahy-er] /ˈbraɪ ər/
noun
1.
brier2 .

briar3

[brahy-er] /ˈbraɪ ər/
noun, Usually Disparaging.
1.
brier3 .
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Examples for briar
  • We can always find out by tossing them all in a briar patch.
  • He that goes to law does as the sheep that in a storm runs to a briar.
  • With that, she pulled from her pocket a large briar pipe.
British Dictionary definitions for briar

briar1

/ˈbraɪə/
noun
1.
Also called tree heath. an ericaceous shrub, Erica arborea, of S Europe, having a hard woody root (briarroot)
2.
a tobacco pipe made from the root of this plant
Derived Forms
briary, briery, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French bruyère heath, from Late Latin brūcus, of Gaulish origin

briar2

/ˈbraɪə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of brier1

brier1

/ˈbraɪə/
noun
1.
any of various thorny shrubs or other plants, such as the sweetbrier and greenbrier
Derived Forms
briery, briary, adjective
Word Origin
Old English brēr, brǣr, of obscure origin
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Word Origin and History for briar
n.

see brier (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for briar

briar

noun

A file or hacksaw (1830s+ Underworld)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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