barnstorm

[ bahrn-stawrm ]
/ ˈbɑrnˌstɔrm /

verb (used without object)

to conduct a campaign or speaking tour in rural areas by making brief stops in many small towns.
Theater. to tour small towns to stage theatrical performances.
(of a pilot) to give exhibitions of stunt flying, participate in airplane races, etc., in the course of touring country towns and rural areas.
(of a professional athletic team) to tour an area playing exhibition games after the regular season.

verb (used with object)

to tour (various places) as a barnstormer.

Origin of barnstorm

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

barnstorm

/ (ˈbɑːnˌstɔːm) /

verb (intr)

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

Word Origin for barnstorm

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

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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