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barnstorm

[bahrn-stawrm]
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verb (used without object)
  1. to conduct a campaign or speaking tour in rural areas by making brief stops in many small towns.
  2. Theater. to tour small towns to stage theatrical performances.
  3. (of a pilot) to give exhibitions of stunt flying, participate in airplane races, etc., in the course of touring country towns and rural areas.
  4. (of a professional athletic team) to tour an area playing exhibition games after the regular season.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to tour (various places) as a barnstormer.
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Origin of barnstorm

First recorded in 1880–85; barn1 + storm
Related formsbarn·storm·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for barnstorm

barnstorm

verb (intr)
  1. to tour rural districts putting on shows, esp theatrical, athletic, or acrobatic shows
  2. mainly US and Canadian to tour rural districts making speeches in a political campaign
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Derived Formsbarnstormer, nounbarnstorming, noun, adjective

Word Origin

C19: from barn 1 + storm (vb); from the performances often being in barns
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Word Origin and History for barnstorm

v.

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.

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