barnburner

[bahrn-bur-ner]
noun
  1. Informal. something that is highly exciting, impressive, etc.: The All Stars game was a real barnburner.
  2. Chiefly Pennsylvania. a wooden friction match.
  3. (initial capital letter) a member of the progressive faction in the Democratic Party in New York State 1845–52.Compare Hunker.

Origin of barnburner

1835–45, Americanism; barn1 + burner; (def 3) so called with reference to burning down a barn to get rid of rats
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