Barkis is willin'

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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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When that feller trod on his hand, he up an' sed that he was willin' t' give his hand t' his country, but he be dumbed if he was goin' t' have every dumb bushwhacker in th' kentry walkin' 'round on it.
If you was writin' to her, p'raps you'd recollect to say that Barkis was willin'; would you?'
As he repudiated this suggestion, however, with a jerk of his head, and once more confirmed his previous request by saying, with profound gravity, 'Barkis is willin'.
If 'twas a woman I'd be willin', for they leave peace behind 'em when they go."
But what I wanter say is that they'd be willin' to be that ground, and lie down and let you walk over them--so to speak, Miss Carr, so to speak--if it would keep the hem of your gown from gettin' soiled in the mud o' the camp.
Mars Tom, I's willin' to tackle mos' anything 'at ain't onreasonable, but ef you en Huck fetches a rattlesnake in heah for me to tame, I's gwyne to LEAVE, dat's SHORE."
I'd be willin' to take him north to the caravan trails as a favor to you, sir."
"I'd ha' been willin' t' ha' her about me till I died and went to lie by my old man.
He wos allus willin fur to give me somethink he wos, though Mrs.
In the meantime they're willin' to pick up anything eatable that comes handy."
"Barkis" was so gentle and so "willin'," however, that Rose was ashamed to be afraid to ride him; so she had learned, that she might surprise Dr.
Mas'rs' hoss wants rubben down; see how he splashed hisself; and Jerry limps too; don't think Missis would be willin' to have us start dis yer way, no how.
I'm willin' to work my passage, you know, an' I can make most men sick when it comes to hard work.
I worked seventeen years in them mills, an' I've took notice that most of the accidents happens just before whistle-blow.* I'm willin' to bet that more accidents happens in the hour before whistle-blow than in all the rest of the day.
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