from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The horizontal bar in the old English open fireplace, on which the heavy kettle was hung over the fire.
  • n. In a carriage, a curved bar of ornamental character used to connect the tops of the rear springs and to act as a support for the pump-handles or body-loops.


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  • Although the back-bar was laden with liquor bottles, only the more common varieties looked to have been poured from within recent memory; the exotic types, such as a two-foot cone of Galliano, seemed to have been purchased for their decorative value, and were layered with grime.

    There's Something In A Sunday

  • Colodny watched me in the back-bar mirror, holding a glass in one hand and stroking the six strands of hair on his scalp with the other.


  • Stacks of clean glasses vied for space with labeled bottles on the back-bar.


  • Tracy stared at his reflection in the back-bar mirror.

    Murder Can Be Fun

  • Then Tracy quit grinning; he caught a glimpse of Jerry's face in the back-bar mirror.

    Murder Can Be Fun

  • He watched it fade in the back-bar mirror, and then motioned to Barney.

    Murder Can Be Fun

  • Johnny contemplated heaving the beer mug through the nicely decorated back-bar mirror.

    The Laughing Fox

  • And that was why monster-hunters caused so few casualties in barroom shootings around Port Sandor, outside of bystanders and back-bar mirrors.

    Four-Day Planet

  • Three doors up the street he entered a rival saloon where the bartender was idly arranging his glasses on the back-bar in anticipation of the inevitable rush of business which would descend upon him when the spirit should move the crowd in the Long Horn to start "going the rounds."

    The Texan A Story of the Cattle Country

  • Underground cocktail bars in London are recreating that gin-palace vibe, pubs are increasing their back-bar selection of good gins like No 3, Chase, Sipsmith and Bombay Sapphire, and even the royal wedding has made people want something good and British to get stuck into.

    Evening Standard - Home


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