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

intransitive verb

: to tour through rural districts staging usually theatrical performances
: to travel from place to place making brief stops (as in a political campaign or a promotional tour)
: 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
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.
Recent Examples on the Web Trump’s campaign has enlisted thousands of volunteers to barnstorm the state ahead of the Feb. 24 primary. Eric Cortellessa, TIME, 6 Feb. 2024 Republican Nikki Haley will barnstorm the country with at least 17 fundraisers across five states over the next several weeks as the eyes of the nation turn to the upcoming rematch between her and former President Donald Trump in Haley's home state of South Carolina. Soo Rin Kim, ABC News, 25 Jan. 2024 The inexhaustible Rachel Chavkin directs, which feels right for a musical about a steely, glamorous woman barnstorming through the art world. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 4 Jan. 2024 Trump’s campaign canceled events from surrogates who were scheduled to barnstorm in Iowa this week. Mabinty Quarshie, Washington Examiner, 12 Jan. 2024 In a bid to boost his support, Trump plans to barnstorm Iowa over the coming days, with four rallies over the weekend. TIME, 12 Jan. 2024 Following his Twitter event Wednesday, the governor is rumored to begin barnstorming states. Ryan King, Washington Examiner, 24 May 2023 While more attainable models, better suited to grocery-getting than barnstorming, are critical to the future of the brand, dreamers gotta dream—which is why Lucid Motors started planning an even larger-than-life flagship from the get-go. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 16 Aug. 2023 Florida Governor Ron DeSantis barnstormed Iowa this week with six events in two days, hoping to spark a new beginning for his campaign after a series of recent setbacks. Aaron Navarro, CBS News, 28 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of barnstorm was in 1883

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“Barnstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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barn·​storm ˈbärn-ˌstȯrm How to pronounce barnstorm (audio)
: to travel through the country making brief stops to entertain (as with shows or flying stunts) or to campaign for political office
barnstormer noun

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