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over a barrel Explained

over a barrel at English (WD) Of Explained:

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Inter: en-adj » head=over a barrel|-
  • Inter: idiomati » c In a disadvantageous or helpless situation, in which one may be controlled or victimized.
    1. 1947, "Happy Day," Time, 1 Sep.,
    2. : Ford had the U.A.W. over a barrel; if it failed to sign by midnight, the U.A.W. would be forced to give up its union shop.


      *"over a barrel" in the Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.

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