Etymology
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bare (v.)

"make bare, uncover," Old English barian, from bare (adj.). Related: Bared; baring.

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bareback (adj.)

also bare-back, "riding or performing on an unsaddled ('bare-backed') horse," 1560s, from bare (adj.) + back (n.).

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barefaced (adj.)

1580s, "with face uncovered or shaven;" see bare (adj.) + face (n.). Thus, "unconcealed" (c. 1600), and, in a bad sense, "shameless, audacious" (1670s). Compare effrontery. The half-French bare-vis (adj.) conveyed the same sense in Middle English. Related: Barefacedly.

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barefoot (adj.)

"without shoes and stockings," Old English bærfot; see bare (adj.) + foot (n.). Similar compounds in other Germanic languages.

The parody of sexist attitudes or culture expressed by the phrase barefoot and pregnant dates to 1943; as barefooted and pregnant attested from at least 1938, in Arthur Hertzler's best-selling "Horse and Buggy Doctor," about his life as a country doctor in Kansas: "Some vulgar person has said that when the wife is kept barefooted and pregnant there are no divorces."

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bare-handed (adj.)

also barehanded, "with uncovered hands," mid-15c., from bare (adj.) + -handed.

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bare-headed (adj.)

"with the head uncovered," 1520s, from bare (adj.) + -headed.

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barely (adv.)

Old English bærlice "openly, clear, public;" see bare (adj.) + -ly (2). The meaning "only just, no more than," is recorded from late 15c. In Middle English it also could mean "solely, exclusively."

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bareness (n.)

"quality or condition of being bare" in any sense, early 15c., from bare (adj.) + -ness.

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barf (v.)

"to vomit or retch,"1960, American English slang, probably imitative. Also as a noun. Related: Barfed; barfing. Barf bag "air sickness pouch" is attested from 1966.

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barfly (n.)

"habitual drunkard," 1910, from bar (n.2) + fly (n.).

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