a member of the armed forces who speaks or acts like an authority on military law, regulations, and the rights of service personnel.
A soldier who is argumentative, esp on fine points, and tends to be a meddler, complainer, and self-server (1940s+ Army)
(formerly) a place of temporary confinement for slaves or convicts. noun (formerly) a temporary place of confinement for slaves or convicts, esp those awaiting transportation
Military. a heavy barrier of artillery fire to protect one’s own advancing or retreating troops or to stop the advance of enemy troops. an overwhelming quantity or explosion, as of words, blows, or criticisms: a barrage of questions. Civil Engineering. an artificial obstruction in a watercourse to increase the depth of the water, facilitate irrigation, […]
- Barrage balloon
a balloon or blimp, usually one of several anchored around a military area, city, etc., from which wires or nets are hung as a protection against attacks from low-flying aircraft. noun one of a number of tethered balloons with cables or net suspended from them, used to deter low-flying air attack
a person who commits barratry. Historical Examples The barrator prolongs his answer so as to procure a respite from the fangs of his tormentors. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri Dante Alighieri And, when the barrator had disappeared, he turned his talons on his fellow, and was clutched with him above the ditch. Dante: “The […]