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noun [countable] barrel pronunciation in British English /ˈbærəl/
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  1. 1
    a round wooden, metal, or plastic container with a flat top and bottom, used for storing liquids
    empty beer barrels
    1. a.
      the amount of liquid contained in a barrel
      Their customers drink a million barrels of beer a year.
    2. b.
      a unit for measuring crude oil
      Prices could remain as low as $20 per barrel.



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