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over a barrel

Definition of over a barrel

  1. :  in a bad or uncomfortable situation <My landlord really has me over a barrel. I have to either pay double my rent or move somewhere else.>



Word by Word Definitions

overplay
  1. :  across a barrier or intervening space

    :  across the goal line in football

    :  forward beyond an edge or brink and often down

  1. : used as a function word to indicate motion or situation in a position higher than or above another

    : used as a function word to indicate the possession of authority, power, or jurisdiction in regard to some thing or person

    : used as a function word to indicate superiority, advantage, or preference

  1. :  upper, higher

    :  outer, covering

    :  excessive

  1. :  to leap over

barrelplay
  1. :  a round bulging vessel of greater length than breadth that is usually made of staves bound with hoops and has flat ends of equal diameter

    :  the amount contained in a barrel

    :  the amount (as 31 gallons of fermented beverage or 42 gallons of petroleum) fixed for a certain commodity used as a unit of measure

  1. :  to put or pack in a barrel

    :  to move at a high speed or without hesitation


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