stemwinder

or stem-wind·er

[ stem-wahyn-der ]
/ ˈstɛmˈwaɪn dər /

noun

a stemwinding watch.
Older Slang.
  1. something remarkable of its kind.
  2. a rousing speech, especially a stirring political address.
  3. a stirring orator.

Origin of stemwinder

An Americanism dating back to 1865–70; stem1 + winder
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