Definition of barricade in English:



  • An improvised barrier erected across a street or other thoroughfare to prevent or delay the movement of opposing forces.

    ‘the police action led to riots, with hundreds of demonstrators building barricades and burning vehicles’
    • ‘During the night, about 500 protesters erected barricades, set fires and threw rocks and bottles at police, who responded with water cannon.’
    • ‘The jobless workers have threatened to set up barricades to prevent movement in and out of the refineries.’
    • ‘Those who erected barricades were more intent on securing the sympathy of opposition politicians for immediate objectives than taking charge of government.’
    • ‘In some neighbourhoods, residents erected street barricades of tiles, huge rocks and sandbags to keep looters out.’
    • ‘Word got through the village that the guy had been taken, and the entire village went out into the street and erected a barricade.’
    • ‘The following day, militiamen of Sadr's Mahdi Army attempted to seal off the densely populated suburb with barricades to prevent US forces entering again.’
    • ‘Security forces intervened when youths threw burning tyres into the streets and tried to erect barricades.’
    • ‘Impromptu barricades were erected from urban junk in order to protect the crowd trying to evacuate the area.’
    • ‘The enemy evidently knew of the their arrival time and place, erected some kind of barricades, and were in position to ambush the convoys.’
    • ‘Management had previously tried to remove its machinery during the night of July 15, but was prevented from doing so by barricades erected by workers.’
    • ‘The bill also grants the army authority to enter buildings without a warrant, cordon off areas, erect barricades and stop vehicles to search them without a warrant.’
    • ‘On a major thoroughfare, a barricade constructed of burning tyres sent a wall of thick, black smoke along the street.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, in the town of Leeds, police erect barricades and evacuate residents in a search for more clues.’
    • ‘There were similar protests across the world, including Berlin, where bonfires were lit on the streets and barricades erected to fend off police.’
    • ‘Voters in Baghdad will have to reach the polls on foot because barricades set up to prevent attacks on the polls and car-bombs also block peaceful traffic.’
    • ‘As with any structure, only vigilance, guards, and barricades could prevent such attacks.’
    • ‘Most of the barricades erected by militant supporters of Aristide were removed and streets were empty.’
    • ‘When several protesters managed to scale barricades and force their way into the lobby, police responded with a blanket of pepper-spray and quickly arrested nearly a dozen protesters.’
    • ‘Huge concrete and steel barricades were erected to prevent demonstrators from getting anywhere near the venue, while surrounding streets were completely blocked off.’
    • ‘At sunrise, a large crowd advances toward wooden barricades erected to protect storefronts and bystanders.’
    barrier, obstacle, blockade, bar, fence, obstruction, roadblock, bulwark, stockade, rampart, palisade, hurdle, protection, defence
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[with object]
  • 1Block or defend with a barricade.

    ‘they barricaded the building and occupied it all night’
    • ‘But police blocked the protesters, barricading the minister's Sydney home.’
    • ‘Some time in 1891, police barricaded a quiet street in Handsworth and raided the home of a Mr Cavargna, a soft-spoken insurance agent, aged 55.’
    • ‘Despite This Day withdrawing the article and apologising, protestors burned down their offices, barricaded the streets with burning tyres, and began looting and burning homes and businesses.’
    • ‘The corridor leading to the underground rail system was heavily barricaded and manned by starguards while others stood guard around the room.’
    • ‘We fought furiously, and managed to drive them outside, and were about to barricade the door, when the entire building shook, and a loud explosion was heard.’
    • ‘In the first major court case involving the Class A drug in the city for years, Geraldine Kelly, prosecuting, said the building in Cromer Street had been barricaded.’
    • ‘All the streets south of 14th Street have been barricaded off and are being guarded by state policemen.’
    • ‘Imagine the troopers being forced to retreat into a vacant building and barricading the door because the anger and strength of the mob had reached a fever pitch.’
    • ‘Staff at Darwen's M65 services had to barricade themselves behind closed doors during a ‘nightmare’ evening of trouble.’
    • ‘But Baghdad's streets are barricaded, armed and patrolled by vigilantes.’
    • ‘Police barricaded the streets in front of the courthouse.’
    • ‘‘Dude, we have to barricade the door,’ I said while breathing heavily.’
    • ‘Those doors are deliberately barricaded before murderers set fire to the building.’
    • ‘Below Houston, each street into Soho was barricaded and manned by huddles of cops.’
    • ‘As the block-long pens filled up, police barricaded the blocks leading into the avenue, forcing those trying to join the protest to walk further and further north just to reach it.’
    • ‘If their demands are not addressed the teachers plan to protest by barricading streets and marching across the country.’
    • ‘I went back into the building and barricaded the door with a vending machine.’
    • ‘Streets have been barricaded with burning tyres and at least one Iraqi has been wounded, although it is unclear how this happened.’
    • ‘The march quickly fell apart, not even making it to the heavily barricaded convention centre where delegates were staying.’
    • ‘The door wasn't locked; it was heavily barricaded.’
    blockade, obstruct, close up, bar, block off, shut in, shut off, fence in, seal up, defend, protect, fortify, strengthen
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    1. 1.1 Shut (someone) into a place by blocking all the entrances.
      ‘detainees who barricaded themselves into their dormitory’
      • ‘An armed robber stormed into a high street bank and made off with £1, 600 while police barricaded the building, wrongly believing he was still inside.’
      • ‘Soldiers used Humvees to barricade the building.’
      • ‘Mrs Kernan, a widow and his official carer, said she had barricaded him in his bedroom before summoning relatives.’
      • ‘Startled, Tobias misfired, and the arrow struck one of the stalactites that were barricading him in, rebounding off of it.’
      • ‘There was mayhem going on on the road outside as the road repair men did their best to barricade us all in whilst they patched our holes.’
      • ‘In Caketown, these include a brittle suburbanite Bruce calls The Matriarch, who has barricaded herself into her house out of fear of a deadly airborne virus.’
      • ‘Beckett had complained that he was barricaded into his home by an RUC Landrover which parked against his front door.’
      • ‘They will definitely sign something saying that they will follow the law, and they will not barricade the boy or take him away or anything of this nature.’
      • ‘The SQ swat teams are called to Kuujjuaraapik after an armed man barricades himself in a building for more than 12 hours.’
      • ‘It really barricaded me into the closet for a longer time than I should have been.’
      • ‘There was heavy fighting in Nanning, where our people were barricaded in an old district of the city, with no more than a hundred rifles between us.’
      • ‘At Walthamstow High School for Girls the headmistress called in the police to barricade the young women in the school with police vans.’
      • ‘In another instance, a family with young children was barricaded into a room while a gang ransacked the house.’
      • ‘Over time, all the couples move towards the same corner where the women barricade their men.’
      • ‘When the police arrived he then decided to become violent and barricaded himself into the flat.’
      • ‘And last year a 20-year-old remand prisoner was found hanged, while rioting prisoners barricaded themselves into a cell in August.’
      • ‘The court heard that, once inside, the defendant shut the front door, barricaded himself in, said he had a 12 bore shotgun and threatened to kill everyone there if they tried to enter.’
      • ‘I understand that she was almost barricaded into her home based upon perceived fear by [the patient] that she would be victimised or harassed.’
      • ‘They barricaded her in with their trolleys so she couldn't escape.’
      • ‘He requested that the building be barricaded and patrolled hourly by local gardaí.’


  • man (or go to) the barricades

    • Strongly protest against or defend something.

      • ‘Play a few bars of ‘Blowin in the Wind’ and even the most apathetic baby boomer somehow recalls manning the barricades.’
      • ‘Only a disputed knock-on saved the Irishmen's blushes at the death, when the red shirts were manning the barricades in an effort to keep the Harlequins at bay.’
      • ‘This doesn't mean that we should be manning the barricades yet.’
      • ‘Far from it; they are still manning the barricades as if the entire neighbourhood will disappear into the River Cart unless the council reverses its decision.’
      • ‘While Luke mans the barricades, James falls for his future wife.’
      • ‘In normal times the thought of using vinyl planking on the floor would have me out manning the barricades, fighting on the beaches and protesting in other suitable ways.’
      • ‘He is a liberal, never a communist, a man who went to the barricades for Yeltsin in 1993.’
      • ‘If it's not the bleeding heart social worker types whining on about puppies, or social inclusion, it's Alastair Campbell throwing a tantrum over us manning the barricades of truth.’
      • ‘A friend said: ‘If the government was to ban shooting he would be the first to man the barricades.’’
      • ‘The Prime Minister has been manning the barricades in defence of Mr Byers, who is charged with manipulation and deceit.’


Late 16th century: from French, from barrique ‘cask’, from Spanish barrica; related to barrel (barrels often being used to build barricades).