barleybreak

noun
bar·​ley·​break
variants: or less commonly barleybrake \ -​ˌbrāk \
plural -s

Definition of barleybreak

: 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

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History and Etymology for barleybreak

probably from barley entry 2 + break

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“Barleybreak.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barleybreak. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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