Definition of barrelhead in English:



  • The flat top of a barrel.

    • ‘The staves are heat-curved and the barrelheads are assembled with dowels and rings.’
    • ‘Made from recycled barrelheads, each Lazy Susan retains the barrel maker's and/or winery's brand on top.’
    • ‘His family business and its subsidiary, Keystone Cooperage, make oak wine-barrel stock - the staves and barrelheads - as well as finished barrels.’
    • ‘Joe sighed and un-strapped the gun, and turned out his pockets onto a barrelhead.’
    • ‘In 1874 he settled in Wilson, Wis., and for five years engaged in the manufacture of staves and barrelheads.’
    • ‘Toasting may be light, medium or heavy, certain winemakers ask for the barrelheads only to be charred.’
    • ‘Even the treatment of the barrelheads make a difference in flavor and aroma profile.’
    • ‘Because most people living there still called the whole region ‘Old Bourbon,’ any whiskey shipped from Limestone was invariably advertised and identified on barrelheads as ‘Old Bourbon Whiskey,’ no matter where it was actually made.’
    • ‘Separate sections of barrelhead with chisel, inserts strips of flagging between sections, and hammer them together to enlarge barrelhead to fit croze of barrel.’
    • ‘Others cut the grooves for barrelheads.’
    • ‘I began composing an introduction praising the spiritual enlightenment exhibited in choosing to congregate in taverns, like 1849 San Jose legislators stepping in from muddy streets to drink whisky on barrelheads, before plotting out the future of nascent California.’
    • ‘These board games have survived, scratched into barrelheads as well as in pictures.’
    • ‘The trickiest step is cutting grooves inside the lips to fit the barrelheads tightly.’


  • on the barrelhead

    • informal (of payment) without delay.

      ‘if there 's not money on the barrelhead, we can't build the infrastructure’
      Compare with on the barrel
      immediately, at once, without delay, straight away, right away, promptly, on the spot, directly, now, this minute
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