barney

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noun bar·ney \ ˈbär-nē \

Definition of barney

plural barneys
1 British, informal
a :an angry argument :altercation, row
  • You might have a barney with your husband over his inability to find your jokes funny but actually resorting to punching, kicking or lifting a weapon is beyond me.
  • —Elaine C. SmithSunday Mail31 July 2005
  • She accused him of knocking her front teeth out in a barney, while admitting that more often than not she initiated the punch-ups.
  • —David Bennun, The Guardian (London)17 Sept. 1999
b :a boisterous good time
2 :a small car attached to a cable used to push cars up a slope in a mine

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Origin and Etymology of barney

perhaps from the name Barney


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