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Idiom: ” OVER A BARREL”
From “The American Heritage Dictionary of Idioms” by Christine Ammer (First Paperback Edition, 2003)
“In a weak or difficult position…This slangy expression, first recorded in 1938, supposedly alludes to reviving a drowning victim by placing the body head down over a barrel and rolling it back and forth , so as to empty the lungs of water. The expression survives although happily the practice does not.”
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