One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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.’
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