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noun [countable] bar pronunciation in British English /bɑː(r)/
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  1. 1
    a place where you go to buy and drink alcoholic drinks
    We met at Ernie’s Bar.
    a wine/cocktail bar
    1. a.
      the counter where alcoholic drinks are served in a bar or pub
      Whose turn is it to go to the bar (=to buy the drinks)?
    2. c.
      a small place that serves a particular type of food
      a sushi bar
      a sandwich bar
  2. 2
    a long narrow piece of metal
    an old house with iron bars on the windows
    The car’s safety features include side-impact bars.
    1. b.
      computing a long narrow shape along one of the sides of a window on a computer screen
      Use the scroll bar to move up and down the page.
      There’s a quick-access menu bar below the top menu.
    2. d.
  3. 3
    a solid block of a substance such as chocolate or soap
    a chocolate bar
    bar of: a bar of soap
  4. 5
    something that prevents another thing from happening
    bar to: We have to ensure that a person’s ethnic background is no bar to success in the workplace.
    1. a.
      an order stating that something is not allowed
      bar on: The ruling placed a bar on any mention of the facts in the media.


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