bar out

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bar out ‎(third-person singular simple present bars out, present participle barring out, simple past and past participle barred out)

  1. (obsolete) To close the doors of a classroom against (a schoolmaster); a boyish mode of rebellion in schools.
    • 1913, Chesterton, The Victorian Age in Literature, chapter 3:
      We feel that it is a disgrace to a man like Tennyson, when he talks of the French revolutions, the huge crusades that had recreated the whole of his civilisation, as being "no graver than a schoolboy's barring out."
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Swift to this entry?)

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.