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    Question bar your windows

    In an American cartoon, a newsman said, "Lock your doors! Bar your windows!" Because a monster was going to attack the town.

    Is "bar" and "windows" a fixed collocation? Is it okay for me to say "close windows."?

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    Re: bar your windows

    'Barred windows' are windows which are protected from entry by iron bars. (If you go to Google images and search 'barred windows' you can see many examples)
    In the kind of example you mention, the newsman says 'bar your windows' as a way of expressing the need for the most extreme form of protection available. (It also has a somewhat melodramatic feel.)
    In ordinary situations, one can say 'close your windows' or 'lock your windows'.

    All best wshes,

    Petra

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    Re: bar your windows

    Hi Petra,

    Thank you for your help. I got it.

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    Re: bar your windows

    Windows in modern America have only glass. If you just break this glass, you can enter any home. Though there are alarms connected to windows, which make it ring in the local police station. Though, due to asthetic reasons, the usage of bar has been rendered obsolete, yet, if you feel that you wish to be more secure, then you put bars in windows. It is called 'grill' in India.

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    Re: bar your windows

    Hi SUDHKAMP,

    Thank you for your help.

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