barney

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noun bar·ney \ˈbär-nē\

Definition of barney

plural

barneys

  1. 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. Smith, Sunday Mail, 31 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. 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


First Known Use: 1864


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