barnburner

[ bahrn-bur-ner ]
/ ˈbɑrnˌbɜr nər /
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noun

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

Nearby words

  1. barnard, henry,
  2. barnardo,
  3. barnaul,
  4. barnave,
  5. barnboard,
  6. barnburners,
  7. barnes,
  8. barnes curve,
  9. barnes, albert,
  10. barnes, albert coombs

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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