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barback

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EtymologyEdit

bar +‎ back, due to working in the back area of the bar (not interacting with patrons), reinforced by “to have someone’s back” meaning “to support, assist someone”. Compare back of house and back office.

NounEdit

barback (plural barbacks)

  1. (bartending) An assistant to a bartender
    • 2000 December 1, Jack Helbig, “Reindeer Games”, Chicago Reader:
      Cerda moved to Chicago and worked at a series of bars and clubs: the Orbit Room, the Paradise Club, even a stint at Limelight, where he supplemented his earnings as a barback by performing as Nina Hagen in one of the cages.

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VerbEdit

barback (third-person singular simple present barbacks, present participle barbacking, simple past and past participle barbacked)

  1. To work as a barback.

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