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1. Opened or positioned so that a liquid, such as wine, can be let out.
2. In a state of action; astir.

[Middle English abroche : a-, on, in; see a-2 + broche, a pointed object, spigot; see broach1.]
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(postpositive) (of a cask, barrel, etc) tapped; broached
[C14: from Old French abrochier from a- to + brochier to broach1]
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adv., adj.
1. opened or tapped so that the contents can flow out; broached: The cask was set abroach.
2. astir; in circulation.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.abroach - of a cask or barrelabroach - of a cask or barrel; "the cask was set abroach"
tapped - in a condition for letting out liquid drawn out as by piercing or drawing a plug; "latex from tapped rubber trees"
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In one place cooks were toiling to roast huge oxen, and fat sheep; in another, hogsheads of ale were set abroach, to be drained at the freedom of all comers.
faith now I know I set thy lips abroach, from whence doth flow Naught but pure Juliat and Romio....
Prosecutor Steven Ball told the court Operation Abroach was launched by officers from Knowsley CID between December 2004 and September 2005 to catch the thieves.