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or stem-winder

[stem-wahyn-der] /ˈstɛmˈwaɪn dər/
a stemwinding watch.
Older Slang.
  1. something remarkable of its kind.
  2. a rousing speech, especially a stirring political address.
  3. a stirring orator.
Origin of stemwinder
An Americanism dating back to 1865-70; stem1 + winder Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • "stem-winder and -setter," continued Barrifield, undisturbed.

    The Bread Line Albert Bigelow Paine
  • One day after I had been at X—— a couple of months, we had a stem-winder of a storm.

    Danger Signals John A. Hill and Jasper Ewing Brady
  • Let's anybody look at it, and keeps a holt o' the stem-winder.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • Mame was looking at the table like a boy looks at his first stem-winder.

  • There's a new bank examiner over at the First, and he's a stem-winder.

    Roads of Destiny

    O. Henry
  • stem-winder somehow has more life in it, more fancy and vividness, than the literal keyless-watch.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
British Dictionary definitions for stem-winder


a watch wound by an expanded crown on the bar projecting outside the case, as opposed to one wound by a separate key Also called stem-winding watch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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