member for Barkshire

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

A pun on member for Berkshire, i.e. a Member of Parliament for that district.

Noun[edit]

member for Barkshire (plural members for Barkshire)

  1. (idiomatic, archaic, rare) A person who has a cough which causes them to sound as if they are barking.

References[edit]

Grose, Francis, The Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue / Lexicon Balatronicum: A Dictionary of Buckish Slang, University Wit, and Pickpocket Eloquence: altered and enlarged (London; 1811)