Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BARRA, Barry, n. Gen.Sc. forms of barrow, lit. and fig. [′bɑrə, ′bɑr, ′bɑr, Sc.; ′bɔrə Abd. + ′bɑr]
Abd. 1928 4 :
“Set doon the barra,” stop payment. Said of one who has become bankrupt. Abd. 1931 D. Campbell Uncle Andie 10:
Sae pit that in yer barra an' rowe it. m.Sc. 1927 J. Buchan Witch Wood xvi.:
“Get up off that barry,” he said sharply. w.Dmf. 1908 J. L. Waugh Robbie Doo ix.:
He sent the apprentice boy alang wi' them in a barra. Dwn. 1911 F. E. Crichton The Soundless Tide 37:
Man, do ye think ye can smash the yard cart, an' no more said than if ye'd couped the barra?
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