Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BAR, n.3 and v.1

1. n. The part of the flail which strikes the corn. Then used for the whole instrument. w. and s.Sc. 1887  Jam.6:
Bar, a flail: properly, the swing or movable portion of the flail.

2. v. Derived from the noun, meaning to strike with a flail, hence to thrash. Sc. 1887  Jam.6:
“It's no ilka ane can bar,” every one can't swing a flail properly.
“I'm thinkin' to bar some bear the morn,” I intend to thrash some barley to-morrow.

[E.Mid.Eng. barre, O.Fr. barre, late Lat. barra. Of unknown origin. See also. Barman.]

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