Posted by Bruce Kahl on December 06, 2003
In Reply to: Origin of the slang "barrelling" posted by James Briggs on December 06, 2003
: : I'm wondering if anyone knows the origin of the slang word "barrelling". For example, "He came barrelling in the door."
: : Thanks
: One of the meanings of 'barrel' is 'the trunk of a four legged animal: the barrel of a horse'. I reckon this could well be the origin. Others will no doubt comment!
I always thought it was from the barrel of a gun--the metal, cylindrical part of a firearm through which the bullet travels.