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barrel

(băr′əl)
n.
The trunk of a quadruped animal, such as a horse or cow.
adj.
Resembling or similar to a barrel, as in shape: a barrel chest; barrel hips.

barrel

adjective Referring to a barrel-like morphology or pattern.

barrel

a horseman's expression for the horse's trunk; determined largely by the capacity of the chest.

barrel chest
enlarged, round cross-section of chest with the ribs appearing to be permanently in an inflated position.
barrel hocks
turned out causing the feet to turn inward.
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8 Judge Gillen cites turn-of-the-century trial lawyer Rufus Choate to introduce a wild animal metaphor: "the moment you begin to cross-examine one of them, instead of being bitten by one rattlesnake, you are bitten by a whole barrelful.
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