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 Barrell’s Blues.Barrica’de (3 syl.). 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Barrette.
 
Parler à la barrette (French). To give one a thump o’ the head. The word barrette means the cap worn by the lower orders.   1
       
“Et moi, je pourrais bien parler à ta barrette.”
       
Molière: L’Avare.
   It is also used to signify the ordinary birretta of ecclesiastics and (probably) of French lawyers. Il à reçu le chapeau or la barrette. He has been made a cardinal.   2
        “Le pape lui envoyait la barrette, mais elle ne servit qu’ à le faire mourir cardinal.”—Voltaire: Siècle de Louis XIV., chap. xxxix.
 


 Barrell’s Blues.Barrica’de (3 syl.). 

 
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