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    barrel, proffer, contortions

    To have someone over a barrel is to proffer an argument so compelling that the responder is unable to refute it without going into all sorts of painful contortions.


    Could you explain the highlgighted words in this context?

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    Re: barrel, proffer, contortions

    have someone over a barrel = have someone in an uncomfortable position where they cannot resist your demands

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    Re: barrel, proffer, contortions

    WordNet - Cite This Source
    proffer verb
    1. present for acceptance or rejection; "She offered us all a cold drink" [syn: offer]

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