Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Opened or positioned so that a liquid, such as wine, can be let out.
  • adj. In a state of action; astir.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To set abroach; to let out, as liquor; to broach; to tap.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To set abroach; to let out, as liquor; to broach; to tap.
  • adv. Broached; in a condition for letting out or yielding liquor, as a cask which is tapped.
  • adv. Hence: In a state to be diffused or propagated; afoot; astir.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Broached; letting out or yielding liquor, or in a position for letting out: as, the cask is abroach.
  • Figuratively, to give rise to; spread abroad; disseminate; propagate.
  • To open, as a cask, for the purpose of letting out liquor; tap; broach.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of a cask or barrel

Etymologies

Middle English abroche : a-, on, in; see a-2 + broche, a pointed object, spigot; see broach1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Understanding that there was a butt of strong beer abroach in the yard, to which they were invited by the servants, they saved themselves the trouble and expense of returning to spend the evening at the public-house, and listed themselves under the banner of Tom Pipes, who presided as director of this festival.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • As for the rest, he assailed them in their own way, setting whole hogsheads of beer and wine abroach, for the benefit of comers; and into those sordid hearts that liquor would not open, he found means to convey himself by the help of a golden key.

    The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle

  • Thus he spends his age till the tap of it is run out, and then a fresh one is set abroach.

    Microcosmography or, a Piece of the World Discovered; in Essays and Characters

  • Sir Richard, anxious not to arouse the hostility of the villagers, bought the pipe of wine from the winner, and, setting it abroach, allowed all who would to drink; and so, in a tumult of cheers and blessings, he rode away to keep his tryst.

    Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race

  • In one place cooks were toiling to roast huge oxen, and fat sheep; in another, hogsheads of ale were set abroach, to be drained at the freedom of all comers.

    Ivanhoe

  • This life dwelt in Him during His earthly ministry, though comparatively few availed themselves of it; His death set it abroach for all the world; the smitten rock yielded streams of living water; the last Adam became a life-giving Spirit; from His throne He proclaimed Himself as He that liveth, though He became dead, and is alive forevermore.

    Love to the Uttermost Expositions of John XIII.-XXI.

  • We found a lot of old sails in a locker at the fore end of the forecastle, and these we divided, taking away a sufficiency to kindle a good rousing fire in the hold; and over these, as soon as we had deposited them in a suitable position, as well as over those remaining in the locker, we poured a few buckets of tar from a cask we found abroach on deck.

    For Treasure Bound

  • A hogshead of ale was abroach under an oak, and a fire was blazing in an open space before the trees to roast the fat deer which the foresters brought.

    Maid Marian

  • Therefore, be sure, and get him amongst us at supper, and set the barrel abroach.

    The Uncollected Writings of Thomas de Quincey, Vol. 2 With a Preface and Annotations by James Hogg

  • 'Set abroach,' in a posture to run out, or yield the liquor contained.

    Works of John Bunyan — Volume 02

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