barnstorm

verb
barn·​storm | \ ˈbärn-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce barnstorm (audio) \
barnstormed; barnstorming; barnstorms

Definition of barnstorm

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 airplane in sightseeing flights with passengers or in exhibition stunts in an unscheduled course especially in rural districts

transitive verb

: to travel across while barnstorming

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Other Words from barnstorm

barnstormer noun

Examples of barnstorm in a Sentence

He spent the months leading up to the election barnstorming around the country. The national soccer team barnstormed through the country.

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One day after a slew of Democratic candidates barnstormed the city, President Donald Trump is traveling to Milwaukee to push Congress to approve a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada. Mary Spicuzza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "President Trump heads to Milwaukee to push for trade deal with Mexico and Canada," 12 July 2019 The first is the ideologue—a populist, barnstorming Brexiteer who ousted back-to-back establishment prime ministers on his way to power. Stephen Paduano, The New Republic, "Which Boris Is Britain Going to Get?," 24 July 2019 Buttigieg spent the July 4 holiday barnstorming the state and plans three more visits there this month, according to his campaign. Sara Burnett, chicagotribune.com, "Pete Buttigieg has money, but can he turn it into 2020 win?," 7 July 2019 The Basketeers were a barnstorming group of middle-school kids from College Corner who traveled to high school and college games in both states, putting on ballhandling exhibitions patterned after the Harlem Globetrotters. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: One high school gym, two states, and the midcourt stripe has a secret," 3 July 2019 The objective of Kramer’s barnstorming tour was to bring the country-club sport to the masses -- and, the participants hoped, spark support for the game’s professionalization. oregonlive.com, "‘Gorgeous Gussie’ Moran shocked Wimbledon 70 years ago, the first of many shocks that upended her life," 28 June 2019 Across the country, far-left progressives and democratic socialists suffered decisive electoral defeats in Tuesday's primaries, despite high-profile barnstorming efforts by left-leaning leaders like Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Socialist torchbearers flame out in key races, despite blitz by Bernie Sanders and Ocasio-Cortez," 8 Aug. 2018 Bush attempted to barnstorm the country in support of privatization, but that only drew more attention to an embarrassing and unpopular situation. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The time Nancy Pelosi saved Social Security," 21 Nov. 2018 Reporting season is under way in the U.S. and analysts expect another barnstorming set of results, but many also think such good news is already reflected in stock prices. Joseph Wallace, WSJ, "Investors Haven’t Been This Concerned About Growth Since Early 2016," 17 July 2018

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First Known Use of barnstorm

1883, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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The first known use of barnstorm was in 1883

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barnstorm

verb

English Language Learners Definition of barnstorm

chiefly US : to travel to different places to give speeches, perform shows, etc.

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