barricade /ˌbarɪˈkeɪd/


I. noun

an improvised barrier erected across a street or other thoroughfare to prevent or delay the movement of opposing forces.

the police action led to riots, with hundreds of demonstrators building barricades and burning vehicles.
II. verb [with obj.]

1. block or defend with a barricade

they barricaded the building and occupied it all night.
2. shut (someone) into a place by blocking all the entrances

detainees who barricaded themselves into their dormitory.
III. phrases

man (or go to) the barricades
strongly protest against or defend something.
– origin late 16th cent.: from French, from barrique ‘cask’, from Spanish barrica; related to barrel (barrels often being used to build barricades).

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