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  • n. Falling from a climb by losing hold on one side of the body and swinging sideways like a door.


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  • So Hardinge had his way, and the army set off again, south-west, to meet Littler, crossing the Sikh front with our flank wide as a barn door if they'd care to come out and fall on us.

    Flashman and the Mountain of Light

  • Delia pushed aside one of the living room curtains and watched as Corri and Ally spilled from the barn door and ran toward the edge of the back field where Nick stood with his arms around his wife.

    Moon Dance

  • The first thing the Beagle Boys did after eluding the "Largest Manhunt in Southern Alabama History" was to visit the Department of Corrections 'Chiefs farm outside of Montgomery, where they killed the man, burned down his house, raped his wife into a coma, and nailed the family's dog to the barn door (although those still in prison in the South maintain that it was the dog who was raped and the wife who was nailed to the barn door).



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  • Euphemism for a the fly of one's pants. Commonly used to tell someone that their fly is unzipped: "Your barn door is open."

    Also, as the cliche goes, what one closes once the horse is already out.

    October 27, 2008