Informal. something that is highly exciting, impressive, etc.: The All Stars game was a real barnburner.
Chiefly Pennsylvania. a wooden friction match.
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How to use barnburner in a sentence
Although the movie wasn’t a barnburner in theaters, it has proved to be a outsized performer, first on Netflix and now on Disney Plus.Audiences love family films. Hollywood might be catching on. | Ann Hornaday | May 7, 2021 | Washington Post
Earlier this week, the acting chair of the US Securities and Exchange Commission, Allison Lee, gave a barnburner of a speech.Weekend edition—ESG can’t be ignored, the first NFT article, colorism by numbers | Susan Howson | March 20, 2021 | Quartz
They rely more on the strength of their ideas than barnburner narratives.Iraq, Terror, and the Surreal: Hassan Blasim’s ‘The Corpse Exhibition’ | Brian Van Reet | March 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But how many of you can honestly say you think that second Nixon term was just a barnburner?
It offered to admit the barnburner and Hunker delegations together to cast the vote of the State.Martin Van Buren | Edward M. Shepard
We cannot insist on a mission for him and the collectorship for a barnburner.Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1 | Samuel J. Tilden