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 Bar’laham.Barley-bree. 
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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Barley.
 
To cry barley. To ask for truce (in children’s games). Query, a corruption of parley.   1
        “A proper lad o’ his quarters, that will not cry barley in a brulzie.”—Sir W. Scott: Waverley, xiii.
 


 Bar’laham.Barley-bree. 

 
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