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Barkis is willin'

A phrase emphasizing one's availability and/or openness to a situation. It refers to Mr. Barkis, a character in Charles Dickens' novel David Copperfield, who used the phrase to express his interest in marriage. A: "Are you ready for the race today?" B: "Oh yeah! Barkis is willin'!"
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Admiralty went off too quickly while Barkis and Cayuga didn't finish quickly enough, leaving Fergus Sweeney and Cannizaro House to stride clear, with Cool Sky a promising runnerup almost four lengths behind.
Chobanian AV, Barkis GL, Black HR, Cushman WC, Green LA, Izzo JL, et al.
Hickman was given 15 years because he also took part in the Carlisle robbery alongside Alan Roberts, 27, of Lisburn Lane, Clubmoor, and Stephen Hender, 25, of Barkis Close, Toxteth.
Micawber, Peggotty, and Barkis (especially his proposal to Peggotty, "Barkis is willin'")--all outstanding and unforgettable.
The skyes rang for schoutyng of the larkis; The purpur hevyn, ourscailit in silvir sloppis, Ourgilt the treis branchis, lef, and barkis.
Victor, quite sensibly, would like to get back to the land of the living and his fiancAe, who, in his absence, reluctantly finds herself at the aisle with the dastardly Barkis Bittern (Richard E.
While he tries to get back to Victoria, her parents arrange a second wedding to the mysterious Barkis Bittern (Richard E Grant).
After a trip to the Underworld to meet his ghoulish in-laws, Victor must somehow annul his marriage to the captivated cadaver and win back Victoria, who's forced into an engagement with the sleazy Barkis Bittern (Richard E Grant).
While the groom is disposed, rival suitor Barkis Bittern (Grant) worms his way into the Everglot's affections, with the intention of marrying Victoria himself.
While occasionally a minor character like Barkis in David Copperfield could become immortal precisely through his repeated eccentric phrases, the minor characters in Great Expectations overwhelm the protagonist and become all the "more memorable as they get distorted" (178).
Voices: Victor Van Dort Johnny Depp Corpse Bride Helena Bonham Carter Victoria Everglot Emily Watson Nell Van Dort/ Hildegarde Tracey Ullman William Van Dort/Mayhew/Paul the Head Waiter Paul Whitehouse Maudeline Everglot Joanna Lumley Finis Everglot Albert Finney Barkis Bittern Richard E.
Justin Silverstein and Anne Barkis, "A Look at Two Different Adequacy Studies: The Maryland Report," American Education Finance Association, Albuquerque, 8 March 2002; and "Calculation of the Cost of an Adequate Education in Maryland in 1999-2000 Using Two Different Analytic Approaches," Augenblick and Myers, Inc.
Denise Barkis Richter, instructor of communications at Palo Alto College in San Antonio, was the recipient of a Poynter Institute fellowship.
Discharged after the death of her mistress, she marries Barkis, a carrier.
Among the well - known secondary characters in the book are Barkis and the Peggotty family.