Main definitions of barrack in English

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barrack1

verb

[with object]
  • Provide (soldiers) with accommodations in a building or set of buildings.

    ‘the granary in which the platoons were barracked’
    • ‘They were barracked in a new section of the camp where the living conditions were awful; most died shortly after arrival.’
    • ‘Still, there were over a dozen of them barracked in the new guardhouse at the gate to the estate.’
    • ‘The news of conditions at Scutari, where the ill and wounded soldiers were barracked, was considered scandalous back home in London.’
    • ‘And in 1799, when Tipu was defeated, the mosquitoes drove the British out of Srirangapatna and they barracked in Bangalore Cantonment.’
    • ‘Troops defending the English colonies against the French were barracked in Fredericktown.’
    • ‘Forces were barracked there until well after the end of WWII.’
    • ‘As we walked back to the keep where the Greens were barracked, the two Sathe carried on a spirited conversation, recalling old battles where defenders were in similar conditions.’
    • ‘The fort supported a complement of 900 officers and men, who were barracked in the Caserne Pellegrin at the base of the fort and in the Fort Moyenne.’
    • ‘While the troops were barracked in the Griffin House, two Confederate deserters dressed in stolen Union uniforms had been caught looting homes.’
    • ‘Does anyone know where the Police Battalions were barracked in Krakow?’
    • ‘The authorities in a small Czech town put on a dance so that the soldiers barracked there can mingle with the local girls.’
    • ‘At Dartmouth, 272 men in an Army training detachment were barracked in the gymnasium.’
    • ‘When not at war, the Macedonian army was barracked at state expense and underwent sophisticated training while in quarters.’

Origin

Early 18th century: from barracks.

Pronunciation

barrack

/ˈberək//ˈbɛrək/

Main definitions of barrack in English

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barrack2

verb

  • 1British with object Jeer loudly at (someone performing or speaking in public) in order to express disapproval or to distract them.

    ‘opponents barracked him when he addressed the opening parliamentary session’
    ‘the disgraceful barracking that came from the mob’
    • ‘Tony Blair was barracked by a furious Sharron Storer and looked decidedly uneasy, Jack Straw was slow-clapped by the police federation and Little Willy Hague had to find refuge in his car.’
    • ‘They will certainly enjoy some respite from the negative headlines which have been barracking them in recent weeks, which maybe renders the result palatable for all.’
    • ‘County council members approved a 4.7% increase, having been barracked outside The Castle on Wednesday by around 50 protesters demanding lower bills.’
    • ‘The audience was barracking them good naturedly.’
    • ‘Despite the fact that Hart was not even at the racecourse, his horse was barracked and jeered in scenes that came within a whisker of descending into violence.’
    • ‘Chorley boss Mark Molyneaux has launched a scathing attack on a ‘minority’ of supporters he feels are unfairly barracking his players.’
    • ‘Full-back Roberto Carlos was probably the happiest of their players to get all three points because he was barracked by spectators in the Bernabeu throughout the game.’
    • ‘The other prisoners started barracking the Minister, only for Mr Kelly to stand up and tell them all to ‘shut up and let the Minister speak’.’
    • ‘But if the home support, who took great delight in barracking their Palace counterparts before turning their ire on their own players, expected a rout, they were to be sorely disappointed.’
    • ‘If fans barracked black players, they would lose those players.’
    • ‘During the heated debate, the Mayor Roger Clarke as Chair, struggled to maintain order amid barracking from the public galleries.’
    • ‘They would - quite rightly - be barracked and harangued.’
    • ‘The Somsri Pata team defeated the Formgate team, 2-0 prior to the opening ceremonies as cheerleaders and spectators barracked their favorites.’
    • ‘The sappers were the first to seize the initiative after the break, with Lt Craig Bury burrowing over the first try, much to the delight of the engineers barracking from the sideline.’
    • ‘Luckily, this was on CNN, where someone to the left of Augusto Pinochet can still speak without being barracked or cut short.’
    • ‘Chairman Peter Ridsdale was barracked by a large number of fans during the home defeat against Middlesbrough last weekend.’
    • ‘When the crowd barracked him and he told them to shut up, the umpire, Bruno Rebeuh, issued a code violation, which really got Tarango going.’
    • ‘Furious locals barracked speakers, voicing fears that a proposed 34-bed homeless centre at the former Shipton Street School would lead to more crime and lower house prices.’
    • ‘Gerry Brownlee was giving a point of order; Michael Cullen stood up and barracked him from his seat.’
    • ‘We have been barracked by a young lady, incensed at our limited, heterosexual outlook.’
    jeer, heckle, taunt, abuse, shout at, shout down, boo, hiss, interrupt
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  • 2barrack forAustralian NZ no object Give support and encouragement to.

    ‘I take it you'll be barracking for Labour tonight?’
    • ‘You can't seriously expect a Melbourne man to forget who he barracks for just because he happens to be on TV and radio.’
    • ‘I think he barracks for those awful Fremantle Dockers.’
    • ‘For once, Melbourners will be setting aside their usual practice of barracking for whatever team Collingwood is playing against.’
    • ‘He grew up barracking for East Perth and now supports Fremantle.’
    • ‘Surely you can see that the anti-intellectual strain in this country reduces ‘debate’ to silly barracking for one party line or the other.’
    • ‘Of course, being a Liberal supporter, I should really be barracking for Latahm to remain.’
    • ‘Next year I'll be barracking for the obscure team known as ‘the Sandringham Zebras’ whose existence I have only become aware of in recent days.’
    • ‘Democrats Senator Brian Greig who has himself been in a long-term same sex relationship has been barracking for equal rights on superannuation for some time.’
    • ‘The fact Patrick Smith barracks for Essington has nothing at all to do with this post.’
    • ‘I am absolutely appalled at your barracking for England tomorrow night in the World Cup Final (Wallabies vs England).’
    • ‘Lions CEO Michael Bowers says the club is all about teamwork, and that he'll be barracking for both a Lions flag and better staff health in 2002.’
    • ‘The Prime Minister supports voluntary voting, but says the Government won't be barracking for change.’
    • ‘Students at Lismore Heights Public School will be barracking for Australian Olympic shot put hopeful Justin Anlezark throughout the Athens Olympics as part of the Telstra Adopt-A-Hero initiative.’
    • ‘And for the first time since '97, I found myself barracking for the Sainters: once again in vain.’
    • ‘And, you know, call me wrong, but remember I'm only a third of the way through, however I really like John West and find myself barracking for him against the evil O'Flaherty.’
    • ‘These are the people who will actually be barracking for Collingwood to win this weekend, but only so they can watch them suffer the agony of losing the Grand Final the week after.’
    • ‘And I found out that Robert Manne barracks for the Cats too.’
    • ‘Not far from Rob Tanner's place at a local oval, was a good crowd of mums and dads barracking for their kids in the Under 10's cricket game between teams from Glenmore Park and Penrith.’
    • ‘Having spent far too much time in front of the telly barracking for Australia and its allies in Iraq, the Professor missed Geoffrey Blainey's review in the New Criterion.’
    • ‘In 1999 Speight, then Chairman of the newly-formed Fiji Hardwood Corporation, was barracking for a United States company to win the government tender for a stake in the mahogany plantations.’

Origin

Late 19th century (originally in Australian use): probably from Northern Irish dialect.

Pronunciation

barrack

/ˈberək//ˈbɛrək/