ldoce_017_gbarbar1 /bɑː $ bɑːr/ ●●●S1W1 noun [countable]1place to drink ina)DFDa place where alcoholic drinks are served → pubThe hotel has a licensed bar.a cocktail barb)British EnglishDFD one of the rooms inside a pubThe public bar was crowded.2place to buy drinkDFD a counter where alcoholic drinks are servedThey stood at the bar.3 →a wine/coffee/snack etc bar4 →a breakfast bar5block shapeCFD a small block of solid material that is longer than it is widea chocolate bara candy barbar ofa bar of soap6piece of metal/woodSHUT/CLOSEPREVENT a length of metal or wood put across a door, window etc to keep it shut or to prevent people going in or outhouses with bars across the windows► see thesaurus at piece7 →behind bars8musicAPM a group of notes and rests, separated from other groups by vertical lines, into which a line of written music is divideda few bars of the song9 →bar to (doing) something10 →the bar11 →be called to the bar12on computer screen a long narrow shape along the sides or at the top of a computer screen, usually containing signs that you can click onthe main menu bar at the top of the screenthe toolbar →scroll bar13in sports the long piece of wood or metal across the top of the goal in sports such as footballThe ball hit the bar.14pile of sand/stonesTTW a long pile of sand or stones under the water at the entrance to a harbour15colour/lightCCLIGHT a narrow band of colour or light16uniformsPM a narrow band of metal or cloth worn on a military uniform to show rank17heaterDHTPE British English the part of an electricheater that provides heat and has a red lightCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 3: types of bara wine bar (=a bar selling mostly wine, in contrast to a pub)He asked her to meet him in a trendy wine bar.a coffee barWe met up in the student coffee bar.a sandwich/snack bar (=an informal restaurant or shop selling sandwiches/snacks)I usually get some lunch from the sandwich bar.a burger bar (=an informal restaurant selling burgers and fast food)The kids all hang out at the local burger bar.a juice bar (=a place selling fruit juices, usually freshly made)The leisure centre also has a restaurant and a juice bar.a sushi bar (=a bar or informal restaurant selling sushi)Have you tried that new sushi bar in town?a tapas bar (=a bar or informal restaurant serving small dishes of Spanish food)Madrid is full of great tapas bars.a salad bar (=a part of a restaurant where you can serve yourself to a range of salads )When you’ve chosen your pizza, please help yourself from the salad bar.THESAURUSbar a place where people go to buy and drink alcoholic drinksA man went into a bar and ordered a drink.Let’s meet up in the hotel bar.The city centre is full of wine bars and restaurants.The club has a restaurant and a cocktail bar.pub a building in Britain where alcohol can be bought and drunk, and where meals are often servedDo you fancy going to the pub?a country pubpublic house British English formal a pubThe fight took place outside a public house in the city centre.somebody’s local informal a pub near where you live, especially one you often go toThe Red Lion’s my local.inn a small hotel or pub, especially an old one in the countryside – often used in the name of the hotel or pubThe Bull Inn dates back to the 15th century.The hotel was once a 17th century coaching inn (=used by people travelling by coach and horses).gastropub a pub that is known to serve very good fooda gastropub with a riverside restaurantthe Windmill Gastropubtavern British English a pub in the past where you could also stay the night – used nowadays in the names of some pubsthe Turf TavernMarlowe was killed in a fight in a tavern.watering hole informal a bar, pub etc where people drink alcohol – often used humorously. A watering hole is also the name for a place where wild animals go to drinkThe bar became a popular watering hole for journalists.What’s your favorite watering hole?dive informal a bar, club etc that is cheap and dirtyThe place is a bit of dive.honky-tonk American English informal a cheap bar where country music is playedThey played in every honky-tonk in Tennessee.saloon a bar in the western United States. Also used in Britain about the part of a pub which has comfortable chairs where you can sit and relaxI felt like a cowboy walking into a saloon in the Wild West.Do you want to stay in the saloon, or would rather go into the other bar?people who work in a barbarman especially British English a man who serves drinks in a barA big Irish barman pulled me a pint of beer.barmaid British English a woman who serves drinks in a barI was working in the evenings as a barmaid.bartender especially American English someone who makes, pours, and serves drinks in a bar or restaurantThe bartender gave him his change.bar staff the people serving drinks or food in a bar or pubThe local pub is advertising for bar staff.landlord British English a man who owns or manages a pubHe became violent and the landlord asked him to leave.
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bar• We go through so much soap in our family that I buy about 10 bars a month.• I used to buy a bar of chocolate every day and give half to my friend.• a candybar• I helped him take the wrapper off his candy bar.• Fantasy: I stand in a crowded bar.• Some tanks had a cutter barmounted in front to improve their ability to move through jungle.• They played a few bars, then stopped.• One efficientmethod of covering the roof is to combine twin wall Lexon Thermoclear sheeting with Twinfix aluminiumstructuralglazingbar.• The gold bars were transported from the bank in an armored truck.• A lot of houses had bars across the windows.• the menubar on your computer screen• Employees stayed late every night to drink from the open bar and banter about advertisingconcepts with their mentor.• One of the ships got stuck on a sand bar.• We went to a sports bar to watch the game and have a few beers.• Manningham perched on a black leatherstool by a well-stockedbar with a large mirror behind it.• After high school, Medville found herself looking at a future on welfare or tending bar.• O'Keefe stood at the bar, drinking and watching the girls.• After repeatedly failing his examinations, he was eventually called to the bar in the InnerTemple.licensed bar• There is also a licensed bar and in the Riverview Lounge a variety of studio events, workshops and demonstrations take place.• There will be a licensed bar and hot supper.• Other facilities include air conditioned foyer, a licensed bar, shop and fast food servery.• The hotel has a licensed bar and a lift to all floors.• Attractions include over 100 trade stands, refreshmenttents and licensed bars, caravan site and craft fair.• A fully licensed bar and restaurant with magnificent sea views can ensure a relaxed atmosphere.• Lift, licensed bar, entertainmentweekly.chocolate bar• The older soldier presses a chocolate bar into my hand, then pushes me towards the crowd of waiting women.• Potatochips, fizzy drinks and chocolate bars are circulated.• Your average chocolate bar, far from being the energy snackadvertisers would have you believe, is loaded with fat.• The topping was a meltedchocolate bar, sprinkled with a handful of soggypeanuts.• Ilene Karp Boy: Did you hear about the new chocolate bar called Jaws?• A reified chocolate bar can also vary in quantity.• Philip held out the paper that the chocolate barLee had given him had been wrapped in.• The chocolate bars are on Big Mal if they start with three points.barbar2 ●○○ verb (barred, barring) [transitive]1ENTERto officially prevent someone from entering a place or from doing somethingbar somebody from (doing) somethingThey seized his passport and barred him from leaving the country.► see thesaurus at forbid2PREVENTto prevent people from going somewhere by placing something in their wayShe ran back, but Francis barred her way.A locked gate barred my entrance to the wood.3 (also bar up)SHUT/CLOSE to shut a door or window using a bar or piece of wood so that people cannot get in or out→ See Verb table
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bar• Some of the survivors said that one of the fire exits had been barred.• Sorry, you can't come into this club - you're barred.• The Court of Appeal held that even if there had been a right of rescission it was barred by lapse of time.• After telling a guard he wanted to look around, Morse was barred from entering.• The fans were barred from ever attending football matches in England again.• Even these companies are barred from selling to the domestic market.• They then barred him from watching Prisoner Cell Block H, before extending it to a total television ban.• Content Advisor, which provides a way to bar kids from unsavory Web sites.• In 1903 the New York School Board barred married women from teaching.• The court also ruled that no public policy bars men from fathering children posthumously.• She stood in the hall, barring my way.• The owner of the house had barred the back door.bar somebody from (doing) something• The law bars students from being on the streets during school hours and places penalties on both parents and students.• That would seem to bar lobbyists from buying any meals for House members or their aides.• Thus the question becomes: is there a compelling reason to bar homosexuals from marriage?• A 1990 federal law bars local governments fromprohibitinglate-night and early-morning departures at a new airport without Federal AviationAdministrationapproval.• Or a gold bar made from same.• In 1657 Crofton tried to bar him from the pulpit, as a heretic and troublemaker.• The height of each bar is read from the vertical axis.barred ... way• As they left the courtroomFord tried to speak to Mitchum, but Geisler barred his way.• However, a lockedgatebarred the way.• Locked in a metaphysicalconundrum, they both looked at the patch of road where the virtualpolebarred the way.• The policeman they had spotted earlier directing the crowd barred their way.• But no one barred the way, no one waved, there was nothing across the road.• A woodenrail at waist height barred their way; they must be very close to the edge of the cliff.• He barred their way to the shores of the island.barbar3 preposition1EXCEPTexceptWe had recorded the whole album, bar one track.2 →bar none →barring
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bar• No work's been done in the office today, bar a little typing.• He died with no possessionsbar a small piece of land in Ireland.• I get hardly any mail, bar the occasionalpostcard from my mother.Bar, thethe BarBar, the noun1British English the profession of being a barrister, or the members of this professionHe retired after 25 years at the Bar.2American English the profession of being a lawyer, or the members of this professionthe State Bar of California3American English infml the exam that you must take to become a lawyer4 →be called to the BarFrom King Business Dictionarybarbar1 /bɑːbɑːr/ verb (barred, barring) [transitive]to officially stop someone from doing something or from entering a placebar somebody from (doing) somethingHe has been barred from the securities and investment advisory business.Foreign investors would be barred from buying majority stakes.→ See Verb tablebarbar2 (also Bar) nounLAW1the bar British English the profession of a BARRISTER, or barristers in generalIn 1988, she was called to the bar (=became a barrister) and she now practises in London, specialising in criminal and family law.He has now passed his Bar Examination (=the examination you must pass in order to become a barrister).2the bar American English a word for the legal profession, used in the names of professional associations of lawyersthe New Jersey State Bar Association → see alsoAmerican Bar AssociationOriginbar1(1100-1200)Old Frenchbarre