variants or less commonly barleybrake
plural -s
: an old British group game in which one couple or player stationed in a defined area called "hell" or the "barley field" tries to catch the others as they venture into it

Word History


probably from barley entry 2 + break

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“Barleybreak.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2024.

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