bars, barring, barred
1) N-COUNT A bar is a place where you can buy and drink alcoholic drinks. [mainly AM]

...Devil's Herd, the city's most popular country-western bar.

...the Brass Nickel Bar.

2) N-COUNT A bar is a room in a pub or hotel where alcoholic drinks are served. [BRIT]

Last night in the hotel there was some talk in the bar about drugs...

On the ship there are video lounges, a bar and a small duty-free shop.

3) N-COUNT A bar is a counter on which alcoholic drinks are served.
See also , public bar, , snack bar, wine bar

Michael was standing alone by the bar when Brian rejoined him...

He leaned forward across the bar.

4) N-COUNT A bar is a long, straight, stiff piece of metal.

...a brick building with bars across the ground floor windows.

...a crowd throwing stones and iron bars.

5) PHRASE: PHR after v, v-link PHR If you say that someone is behind bars, you mean that they are in prison.

Fisher was behind bars last night, charged with attempted murder...

Nearly 5,000 people a year are put behind bars over motoring penalties.

6) N-COUNT: with supp A bar of something is a piece of it which is roughly rectangular.

What is your favourite chocolate bar?

...a bar of soap.

7) N-COUNT: usu with supp A bar of an electric fire is a piece of metal with wire wound round it that glows and provides heat when the fire is switched on. [BRIT]

...a two-bar electric fire with a frayed flex.

8) VERB If you bar a door, you place something in front of it or a piece of wood or metal across it in order to prevent it from being opened.

[V n] For added safety, bar the door to the kitchen.

Derived words:
barred ADJ usu v-link ADJ

The windows were closed and shuttered, the door was barred.

9) VERB If you bar someone's way, you prevent them from going somewhere or entering a place, by blocking their path.

[V n] Harry moved to bar his way...

[V n] He stepped in front of her, barring her way.

10) VERB: usu passive If someone is barred from a place or from doing something, they are officially forbidden to go there or to do it.

[be V-ed from n] Amnesty workers have been barred from Sri Lanka since 1982...

[be V-ed to n] Many jobs were barred to them.

11) N-COUNT: usu N to n/-ing If something is a bar to doing a particular thing, it prevents someone from doing it.

One of the fundamental bars to communication is the lack of a universally spoken, common language...

In industry after industry, government bodies have erected bars to competition.

12) PHRASE If you say that there are no holds barred when people are fighting or competing for something, you mean that they are no longer following any rules in their efforts to win.

It is a war with no holds barred and we must prepare to resist...

When she'd get angry it was no holds barred.

13) PREP You can use bar when you mean `except'. For example, all the work bar the washing means all the work except the washing.
See also barring

Bar a plateau in 1989, there has been a rise in inflation ever since the mid-1980's...

The aim of the service was to offer everything the independent investor wanted, bar advice.

PHRASE You use bar none to add emphasis to a statement that someone or something is the best of their kind.(emphasis)

He is simply the best goalscorer we have ever had, bar none.

without exception
14) N-PROPER: the N The Bar is used to refer to the profession of a barrister in England, or of any kind of lawyer in the United States.

Robert was planning to read for the Bar.

15) N-COUNT In music, a bar is one of the several short parts of the same length into which a piece of music is divided. [mainly BRIT]
(in AM, use measure)

English dictionary. 2008.


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