Over a barrel

What does "Over a barrel" mean?

Today it means: A situation where there is no alternative.

In the Royal Navy, sailors (usually a child) would be made ready for flogging by being tied to the barrel of a gun. Once tied there was no escape and the sailors would just have to accept what was coming to them.

See also: Kiss the gunners daughter   

By SailingQuiz November 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



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