verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- barnum, p. t.,
- barnum, phineas t.,
Origin of barnstorm
Examples from the Web for barnstorm
Now he ought to take his show on the road, barnstorm the country in behalf of the tax hike, see what happens.
Just get in the same plane and barnstorm the country together.
I half-expected him to barnstorm out in riding boots and harangue us, Mussolini-style, underlit from a plinth.
Word Origin for barnstorm
1815, in reference to a theatrical troupe's performances in upstate New York barns (usually featuring short action pieces to suit vulgar tastes); extended 1896 to electioneering, 1928 to itinerant airplane pilots who performed stunts at fairs and races. Related: Barnstormed; barnstorming.