- 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.
- to tour (various places) as a barnstormer.
Origin of barnstorm
Examples from the Web for barnstorming
Back then, when partners of stars melted into the background, it was a barnstorming stealing of the show.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress
December 12, 2014
After such a barnstorming stage debut, and while “my heart is in theater,” screen acting intrigues him.The Brit Who Stormed Broadway
December 7, 2014
Not long after that, during a barnstorming tour of the country, he suffers the fate of all martyrs.American Dreams: How Bush Shaped Our Reading of Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’
November 23, 2014
As the barnstorming tour moves across America, Walker also seems to become increasingly fixated on Cuba.The Man Oswald First Tried to Kill Before JFK
Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis
October 3, 2013
He spent the last two years barnstorming around the country on behalf of Mitt Romney.In New Jersey, Barbara Buono Is the Last Democrat Standing
February 19, 2013
- 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
Word Origin and History for barnstorming
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.