bar·​fly | \ ˈbär-ˌflī How to pronounce barfly (audio) \

Definition of barfly

: a person who spends much time in bars

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Marielle Heller’s spiky comedy stars Melissa McCarthy as Lee Israel, a smart, misanthropic writer who—with help from an exuberantly louche barfly (Richard E. Grant, just great)—supports herself by forging letters by celebrities. John Powers, Vogue, "These Were 2018’s 12 Best Movies," 12 Dec. 2018 Fan-favorite songs are shamelessly shoehorned into the narrative, often to laughably literal effect: During namesake Margaritaville, which closes Act 1, Tully and his barfly buddies eat spongecake and search for a lost shaker of salt. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Jimmy Buffett's 'Margaritaville' is a boozy, baffling Broadway show just for Parrotheads," 16 Mar. 2018 The barfly's secret: Hold the cork horizontally and drop it from a height 1.5 times its length. Wired Staff, WIRED, "How To: Do Bar Tricks, Build a Gaming PC, Avoid Paying Late Fees," 24 Mar. 2008 These include Annie Potts’ shockingly overpriced therapist and Raoul Bhaneja’s soulful barfly, Nate. Sheri Linden,, "'As Good as You' looks at grief in both smart and mushy ways," 8 June 2017

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First Known Use of barfly

1896, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of barfly was in 1896

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English Language Learners Definition of barfly

US, informal : a person who spends a lot of time drinking in bars

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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