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  • n  a room or establishment where alcoholic drinks are served over a counter
    he drowned his sorrows in whiskey at the bar
  • n  a counter where you can obtain food or drink
    he bought a hot dog and a coke at the bar
  • n  a rigid piece of metal or wood; usually used as a fastening or obstruction or weapon
    there were bars in the windows to prevent escape
  • n  musical notation for a repeating pattern of musical beats
    the orchestra omitted the last twelve bars of the song
  • n  an obstruction (usually metal) placed at the top of a goal
    it was an excellent kick but the ball hit the bar
  • n  the act of preventing
    there was no bar against leaving
  • n  (meteorology) a unit of pressure equal to a million dynes per square centimeter
    unfortunately some writers have used bar for one dyne per square centimeter
  • n  a submerged (or partly submerged) ridge in a river or along a shore
    the boat ran aground on a submerged bar in the river
  • n  the body of individuals qualified to practice law in a particular jurisdiction
    he was admitted to the bar in New Jersey
  • n  a narrow marking of a different color or texture from the background
    a green toad with small black stripes or bars
  • n  a block of solid substance (such as soap or wax)
    a bar of chocolate
  • n  a portable .30 caliber automatic rifle operated by gas pressure and fed by cartridges from a magazine; used by United States troops in World War I and in World War II and in the Korean War
  • n  a horizontal rod that serves as a support for gymnasts as they perform exercises
  • n  a heating element in an electric fire
    an electric fire with three bars
  • n  (law) a railing that encloses the part of the courtroom where the judges and lawyers sit and the case is tried
    spectators were not allowed past the bar
  • v  prevent from entering; keep out
    He was barred from membership in the club
  • v  render unsuitable for passage
    barricade the streets
  • v  expel, as if by official decree
  • v  secure with, or as if with, bars
    He barred the door

  • The Reggie! bar, though, never became a high-volume contender at candy counters outside New York, and Curtiss is now retiring Reggie! from its lineup.
  • Located on the banks of Lake Houhai, East Shore is a refuge from the trinket sellers and gaudy bars along the crowded shore.
  • Normally, the sight of a winged fairy floating several meters above the bar top bearing a bottle of Dom Prignon would be an excellent signal to stop drinking.
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  • Reggie B Walton in Boston Globe (registration)
    Walton, in announcing the sentence, said "it is important we expect and demand a lot from people who put themselves in those positions. Mr. Libby failed to meet the bar."
  • Greg Lee in
    We plan to sit in a bar and watch the whole thing,joked Greg Lee, a tourist from Clarksville, Tenn.
  • Bobby Jindal in ABC News
    I think we're setting the bar too low when we say, 'Look, isn't it great that we haven't had a statewide elected official go to jail recently?'Jindal said.

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