Barring a last-minute surprise

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HolyUnicorn

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Mandarin / the Shanghai Dialect
Hello,

The world's most expensive painting, the Salvator Mundi, purportedly by Leonardo da Vinci, was supposed to go on display next week in Paris' Louvre museum, in a blockbuster exhibition marking the 500th anniversary of da Vinci's death. Barring a last-minute surprise, however, the painting will be a no-show.

From the Washington Post

https://www.washingtonpost.com/ente...bc5094-eec2-11e9-b648-76bcf86eb67e_story.html

How can I interpret “barring a last-minute surprise”? What does “bar” mean here?
 
  • BLUEGLAZE

    Senior Member
    English - USA
    Everything will be fine except in the case of a last-minute surprise.
    Everything will be fine except for a last-minute surprise that prevents us proceeding.
     

    elroy

    Imperfect mod
    US English, Palestinian Arabic bilingual
    I think you misread the sentence, BLUEGAZE:
    Everything will be fine The painting will be a no-show except in the case of a last-minute surprise.
    Everything will be fine The painting will be a no-show except for in the case of a last-minute surprise that prevents us proceeding consists in the painting going on display after all.
     
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