(a corruption of barded). A horse in armour. (French,
And now, instead of mounting barbëd steeds
To fright the souls of fearful adversaries,
He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber,
To the lascivious pleasing of a lute.
Shakespeare: Richard III, act i. 1.;
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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