barn raising


Definition of barn raising

: a gathering for the purpose of erecting a barn — compare bee entry 3

Examples of barn raising in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Getting the building into shape required a modern-day barn raising. Washington Post, "This little butcher shop in rural West Virginia is turning out world-class burgers," 5 Nov. 2019 What happened was akin to an old-fashioned barn raising where the farm community turned out in force to help one of their own in a time of need. Tom Hallman Jr.,, "Coming together to help one of their own in a time of need: Tom Hallman," 8 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of barn raising

1845, in the meaning defined above

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“Barn raising.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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