or stem-wind·er

  1. a stemwinding watch.
  2. 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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for stemwinder

Contemporary Examples of stemwinder

  • Former Mayor Marc Morial, now national head of the Urban League, gave a stemwinder that went over well.

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    Obama Love/Hate in the Gulf

    Jed Horne

    August 29, 2010