verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- barnum, p. t.,
- barnum, phineas t.,
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|Tim Teeman|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After such a barnstorming stage debut, and while “my heart is in theater,” screen acting intrigues him.
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’|Nathaniel Rich|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
As the barnstorming tour moves across America, Walker also seems to become increasingly fixated on Cuba.
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|David Freedlander|February 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I had heard of but had never known what "barnstorming" meant before.Nat Goodwin's Book|Nat C. Goodwin
Usually though, it only ends in talk, and the teams make a barnstorming trip to San Francisco or to Cuba.Baseball Joe Around the World|Lester Chadwick
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.