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 Barber’s Pole.Barbier. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Barbican (The) or Barbacan.
 
The outwork intended to defend the draw-bridge in a fortified town or castle (French, barbacane). Also an opening or loophole in the wall of a fortress, through which guns may be fired.   1
 


 Barber’s Pole.Barbier. 

 
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