barn burner

noun

Definition of barn burner

: one that arouses much interest or excitement the game should be a real barn burner

Examples of barn burner in a Sentence

The game should be a real barn burner.
Recent Examples on the Web It’s like a barn burner … there’s no fat on that song. Thor Christensen, Dallas News, "New album from Edie Brickell and New Bohemians recalls their Deep Ellum days," 11 Feb. 2021 Taylor’s stump speech isn’t a barn burner with a dramatic crescendo. Washington Post, "Diana Taylor doesn’t have a name for her relationship with Mike Bloomberg. She just wants him to win.," 6 Feb. 2020 Thus far this game has seemed almost eerily quiet compared to the barn burner in Kansas City earlier in the day. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Packers advance to the N.F.C. championship game.," 12 Jan. 2020 That's the reaction from inside Trump's legal team, according to a source familiar with the attorneys' mood after Mulvaney's barn burner. Stephen Collinson And Caitlin Hu, CNN, "When outrages become the new normal -- Meanwhile in America," 18 Oct. 2019 Give me the points in what should be a barn burner. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "Bo Nix is a liability; So are Alabama linebackers," 29 Aug. 2019 This six-piece, hard driving bluegrass band from North Carolina is sure to stir souls with their unique blend of songs, ranging range from pulse-pounding, dynamic barn burners to emotional tunes sung from the heart. Lois Szymanski, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Central Carroll: Historical Society bringing Bluegrass, Bourbon and Bocce to Westminster, Sept. 13," 27 Aug. 2019 Last month’s jobs report was a barn burner: Employers added 313,000 jobs in February, the most in one month since 2016, and the strong labor market drew hundreds of thousands of Americans into the work force. The New York Times, New York Times, "White House to List Chinese Products Facing Tariffs and the March Jobs Report," 1 Apr. 2018 Onetime Weinstein assistant Zelda Perkins has become the first of the producer’s former staffers to break her non-disclosure agreement in a barn burner of an interview with the Financial Times’s Matthew Garrahan. Rebecca Keegan, HWD, "The Weinstein Company’s N.D.A. Wall Has Been Breached," 24 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of barn burner

1951, in the meaning defined above

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27 Feb 2021

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“Barn burner.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/barn%20burner. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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barn burner

noun

English Language Learners Definition of barn burner

US, informal : a very exciting game, event, etc.

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