1. to cough.
|Examiner (London) Feb. 75 I: The play went on, amidst croaking, squeaking, barking [F&H].|
|Dick Temple I 254: You’ll get the smoke down your throat and begin barking ag’in.|
2. to tout a shop or attraction; to work as a costermonger’s assistant; thus barking n. and occas. adj.
|Hist. of Billy Bradshaw 35: As we turned down the Fleet market we were accosted by the usual sort of barking parsons, with ‘walk in and get married’.|
|London Guide 98: Ladies’ clothes used to be barked pretty much [...] in the neighbourhood of Leicster Square.|
|Real Life in London I 563: Ladies’ dresses also used to be barked in Cranbourn Alley.|
|‘’ in New Cockalorum Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) II 25: Then at night am working, burking, / Hocussing or carrying swag!|
|Blackburn Standard 16 May 4/1: ‘Drumming in New York’. ‘Drumming’ is a term which New Yorkers have invented to signify what we Englishers denominate ‘touting’ or ‘barking’ — that is to say looking out for customers.|
|‘Ax My Eye’ Dublin Comic Songster 101: Then at night am vorking burking, / Hocussing or kening svag!|
|Little Ragamuffin 121: What put barkin’ into your head, Smiffield? [...] Father a coster, then?|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 301: Then I resumed my barking for Fatima.|
|You Can Search Me 68: I’m only a silent partner in this concern, so you for the Bad Lands to do the barking for the show.|
|Our Mr Wrenn (1936) 26: Picture? [...] Funny ain’t it? – me barking for ’em like I was the grandmother of the guy that invented ’em.|
|Top-Notch 15 May [Internet] The grinders barked loudly enough to make a dog pound sound like a violin solo.‘Missed in Missouri’ in|
|Somebody in Boots 346: He saw that the barking job was fairly permanent [...] He became proud of his barking, too.|
|Homeboy 13: Barking at the Blue Note was a license to stand in one public spot for eight straight hours.|
3. (UK Und.) to inform [underpinned by dog n.2 (1)].
|Police! 321: To inform ... To come it, to bark.|
|Truth (Sydney) 23 Dec. 8/2: It’s safe enuff of course, sir, / Them there boys they never bark.|
|‘Kennington Where It Started’ [lyrics] Splash, splash, splash / Any man that them man barking with.|
4. to fire a gun [ext. of SE bark, to make a sudden loud noise, esp. of gunfire].
|Life In Sing Sing 263: What does the greaser do but flash his rod and bark away. He plugged the main guy for keeps.|
5. to hurt.
|Norman’s London (1969) 27: About this time my plates of meat began to bark.in Sun. Graphic 10 Aug. in|
|Lowspeak 116: ‘My puppies are barking’ = ‘My shoes are hurting’.|
6. (US) to boast, to brag.
|Hy Lit’s Unbelievable Dict. of Hip Words 3: When one is barking, he is bragging, blowing his horn, chest-beating about his greatness.|
7. (also bark out, (orig. Aus./N.Z.) to vomit.
|Lingo 135: As over-indulgence in alcoholic beverages may induce vomiting, the Lingo is well stocked with terms for this, including [...] bark.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl.|
|Alphaville (2011) 6: He’ll boot up, bark out vomit, and feel the high fade fast.|
8. (US campus) to lie.
|Da Bomb [Internet] 2: Bark: [...] to lie.|
(US black) to attack verbally; to reprimand.
|Corruption Officer [ebook] Ch. 10: I stared at him like he was crazy and said, ‘Ya, see that’s why I barked on you the way that I did earlier. [...] I ain’t fucking my shit up for nothing!’.|
a generally dismissive excl.
|Such is Life 10: Go an’ bark up a tree, you mongrel!|
|Meanwhile, Back at the Front (1962) 271: ‘Go chew on a chitlin,’ Carson said gloomily.|