barrack for


barrack for
To support or encourage, especially by shouting and cheering. Some claim barrack comes from Australian pidgin to poke borak at 'to deride', but its origin is Northern Irish barrack 'to brag'. By itself barrack meant 'to jeer' (and still does in British English), but the form barrack for transformed the jeering into cheering in Australian English. First recorded 1890.

Australian idioms. 2014.

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