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barrel organ

n.
A mechanical instrument on which a tune is played by the action of a revolving cylinder fitted with pegs or pins that open pipe valves supplied by a bellows.

barrel organ

n
1. (Instruments) an instrument consisting of a cylinder turned by a handle and having pins on it that interrupt the air flow to certain pipes, thereby playing any of a number of tunes. See also hurdy-gurdy
2. (Instruments) a similar instrument in which the projections on a rotating barrel pluck a set of strings

bar′rel or`gan


n.
a musical instrument in which air from a bellows is admitted to a set of pipes by means of pins inserted into a revolving barrel.
[1765–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barrel organ - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegsbarrel organ - a musical instrument that makes music by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs
musical instrument, instrument - any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
music - an artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner
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I had never before seen a Law Lord dressed as for tennis, with a stump-leg barrel-organ strapped to his shoulder.
Ragged children played in the road, and an old barrel-organ was grinding out a vulgar tune.
One barrel-organ and a dancing-monkey - sportive by nature, but fast fading into a dull, lumpish monkey, of the Utilitarian school.
No barrel-organ mended the matter, and no big drum beat dull care away.
This was observable when one of those Italian boys(who are rather a modern feature of our streets) came along with his barrel-organ, and stopped under the wide and cool shadows of the elm.
I want to know,' said Arthur Clennam,--and again stated his case in the same barrel-organ way.
Micawber abets their unnatural feats by playing the barrel-organ.
Her tongue was not less keen than her eye, and, whenever a damsel came within earshot, seemed to take up an unfinished lecture, as a barrel-organ takes up a tune, precisely at the point where it had left off.
Cranch was bulky, and, breathing asthmatically, had the additional motive for making her remarks unexceptionable and giving them a general bearing, that even her whispers were loud and liable to sudden bursts like those of a deranged barrel-organ.
You could not get away from hearing of him wherever you were; his portrait was on every other postcard; his maps and battles in every other illustrated paper; songs in his honour in every other music-hall turn or on every other barrel-organ.