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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
For 1 & 2: Perhaps from Northern Ireland dialectal barrack (to brag). Earliest documented use: 1885.
For 2 & 3: From French baraque, from Italian baracca or Spanish barraca (hut, tent). Earliest documented use: 1686.
"Raphael Clarke said: Every kid wants to play for the team they barrack for."
Lyall Johnson; Clarkes Praise the Saints; The Age (Melbourne, Australia); Nov 23, 2003.
"During the debate, then Socred leader Rita Johnston and NDP leader Mike Harcourt were barracking away at each other about corruption."
Ross Howard; TV Debate; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); May 16, 1996.
See more usage examples of barrack in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
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