Barley-brake

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Barley-brake bär′li-brāk an old country game, originally played by three couples, of which one, left in a middle den called 'hell,' had to catch the others, who could break or separate when about to be overtaken.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. from the grain, barley, because often played in a barley-field; or perh. from the word preceding.