Definition of barring in US English:



  • Except for; if not for.

    ‘barring a miracle, you’ll lose’
    • ‘The six-coach fully air conditioned train will run for six days in a week, barring Tuesdays.’
    • ‘The Congress' performance improved in most States, barring those ruled by the Left.’
    • ‘So barring some unforeseen revolution in popular taste, at the present time we cannot consider offering you a contract.’
    • ‘Well, the plan at this point is to try to do some writing tonight, and barring that, tomorrow afternoon.’
    • ‘It's a depressing thought but barring a wedding or two to come, the biggest gatherings will be at funerals.’
    • ‘It is not complete yet but, barring bad weather, victory should come sometime today and quite probably by an innings.’
    • ‘Doesn't mean we have to be that way or do those things but, barring intervention, we're likely to.’
    • ‘The 127 works on display are mostly water paintings, barring a few oil and knife paintings.’
    • ‘That is the new date of the local elections, and, barring an invasion from outer space, will also be General Election day.’
    • ‘From here, barring a major collapse, Mount Sion were always favoured to win out and so it proved.’
    • ‘After all, barring emergencies, he did not have to contact the office people after duty hours.’
    • ‘When people buy pets, they should keep them until death does them part, barring a few exceptional cases.’
    • ‘Parties of the North Eastern states, barring a few, will also support secular alliance.’
    • ‘His nemesis, Corrigan, was left out of the Irish squad named last week and barring injury he won't be coming back.’
    • ‘The subject of the pieces, barring studio sketches and a few paintings, is Newfoundland life.’
    • ‘At the end of the day I realised I had not, barring the morning's papers, read print on paper all day.’
    • ‘The nail has been removed, and barring infection it is believed the aged man will live.’
    • ‘Growing up back home, I was basically the only David I knew, barring my Uncle Dave of course.’
    • ‘It may be noted here that all the vehicles coming into the city from Mysore, barring trucks, use this road.’
    • ‘The sowing of almost all crops, barring pulses, has been adversely affected.’
    except for, with the exception of, excepting, if there are no, if there is no, bar, discounting, short of, apart from, but for, other than, aside from, excluding, omitting, leaving out, save for, saving
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Late 15th century: from the verb bar + -ing.