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[hwis-uh l-stop, wis-] /ˈʰwɪs əlˌstɒp, ˈwɪs-/
verb (used without object), whistle-stopped, whistle-stopping.
to campaign for political office by traveling around the country, originally by train, stopping at small communities to address voters.
to take a trip consisting of several brief, usually overnight, stops.
occurring at a whistle stop; consisting of whistle stops:
a whistle-stop speech; a whistle-stop tour of the Northwest.
Origin of whistle-stop
First recorded in 1950-55

whistle stop

a small, unimportant town, especially one along a railroad line.
a short talk from the rear platform of a train, especially during a political campaign.
a brief appearance, single performance, or the like, in a small town, as during a political campaign or theatrical tour.
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Seventy-five miles south of Chicago there is a whistle-stop called Shipmont.

    The Fourth R George Oliver Smith
British Dictionary definitions for whistle-stop

whistle stop

(US & Canadian)
  1. a minor railway station where trains stop only on signal
  2. a small town having such a station
  1. a brief appearance in a town, esp by a political candidate to make a speech, shake hands, etc
  2. (as modifier): a whistle-stop tour
verb -stops, -stopping, -stopped
(intransitive) to campaign for office by visiting many small towns to give short speeches
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for whistle-stop

whistle stop

noun phrase

A small town

[1934+ Railroad; fr the fact that the train does not regularly stop at such a town, or stops only when signaled by a whistle]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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