Barnstorm
Barnstorm Barn"storm`, v. i. & t. [Barn + storm, v.] 1. To travel from place to place, making brief stops. [PJC]

2. To fly an airplane from place to place, usually at small airports, doing flying stunts or flying passengers for sightseeing, for the purpose of earning money. [PJC]

3. to tour the country to solicit votes.

Syn: whistlestop. [WordNet 1.5]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • barnstorm — (v.) 1815, in reference to a theatrical troupe s performances in upstate N.Y. barns (usually featuring short action pieces to suit vulgar tastes); extended 1896 to electioneering, 1928 to itinerant airplane pilots who performed stunts at fairs… …   Etymology dictionary

  • barnstorm — ► VERB chiefly N. Amer. 1) tour rural districts giving theatrical performances, formerly often in barns. 2) make a rapid tour as part of a political campaign …   English terms dictionary

  • barnstorm — [bärn′stôrm΄] vi., vt. [ BARN + STORM, vi. 3: from occas. use of barns as auditoriums] 1. to go about (the country) performing plays, giving lectures or campaign speeches, playing exhibition games, etc., esp. in small towns and rural districts 2 …   English World dictionary

  • barnstorm — 1. tv. & in. [for an entertainer] to perform in small towns for short engagements. □ My great uncle used to barnstorm Kansas and Oklahoma with his medicine show. □ He barnstormed for three years before his death. 2. in. to perform stunts in a… …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • barnstorm — [[t]bɑ͟ː(r)nstɔː(r)m[/t]] barnstorms, barnstorming, barnstormed VERB When people such as politicians or performers barnstorm, they travel around the country making speeches or giving shows. [AM] [V prep/adv] He would ignore the Senate and… …   English dictionary

  • barnstorm — UK [ˈbɑː(r)nˌstɔː(r)m] / US [ˈbɑrnˌstɔrm] verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms barnstorm : present tense I/you/we/they barnstorm he/she/it barnstorms present participle barnstorming past tense barnstormed past participle barnstormed mainly… …   English dictionary

  • barnstorm — verb Date: 1883 intransitive verb 1. to tour through rural districts staging usually theatrical performances 2. to travel from place to place making brief stops (as in a political campaign or a promotional tour) 3. to pilot one s airpla …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • barnstorm — barnstormer, n. /bahrn stawrm /, v.i. 1. to conduct a campaign or speaking tour in rural areas by making brief stops in many small towns. 2. Theat. to tour small towns to stage theatrical performances. 3. (of a pilot) to give exhibitions of stunt …   Universalium

  • barnstorm — verb a) To travel around the countryside making political speeches etc b) To appear at fairs and carnivals in exhibitions of stunt flying, or sporting events …   Wiktionary

  • barnstorm — Synonyms and related words: act, act as foil, appear, come out, control, copilot, drive, emote, emotionalize, fly, get top billing, manipulate, mime, pantomime, patter, peel off, perform, pilot, play, play the lead, playact, register, sketch,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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