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WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "to put in barrels," from barrel (n.). Meaning "to move quickly" is 1930, American English slang, perhaps suggestive of a rolling barrel. Related: Barreled; barreling.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR OVER A BARREL

helpless

adjectiveincapable, incompetent; vulnerable
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