One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person in charge of or working on a barge.
- ‘Bargee families live on the their boats and travel carrying cargo for a living.’
- ‘The British inland waterway system, flourishing in the early nineteenth century, was staffed by a large body of bargees who, like the railway navvies, earned an unenviable reputation for roughness.’
- ‘Why Mr. Macguire was telling me of a bargee he knew who had a woman in pretty much every major town along his route!’
- ‘We now play in The Ship at Lathom, known to the locals as the ‘Blood Tub’ due to violent and habitual fighting between bargees there in the late 19th Century.’
- ‘One old bargee described the Institute as the happiest, blessedest little place in Brentford.’
- ‘Tilda Swinton plays Ella, the terminally bored wife of a dour bargee called Les, in the film ‘Young Adam’.’
- ‘In the harbor of Manhattan, two bargees stirred sleepily last week.’
- ‘As a youngster I was befriended by a bargee who for many years travelled to York from the ports of Hull and Goole with a variety of cargoes.’
- ‘This reluctance to accept the hassle of dealing with the drowned was not confined to bargees.’
- ‘He used to lead the horses that drew the barges along the canal for the bargees from Dublin.’
- ‘The bridge appears to have been built to appease a micro minority of day-tripping bargees who found the previous bridge too stiff to open.’
- ‘Have these people never walked on a leafy tow path, admired the multi-coloured boats or acknowledged the cheery salutation from a bargee?’
- ‘From walking so much along the river we knew many of the bargees.’
- ‘But Davey's quiet life changes when he falls in love with the tactless but vulnerable Sarah, a Scottish bargee who stays with him in his lock-keeper's cottage.’
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