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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And 1992 saw Perry Farell’s Lollapalooza festival barnstorm the nation again. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 28 July 2022 New Horizons is going in search of potential new Kuiper Belt objects to barnstorm. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 29 Apr. 2022 Go barnstorm the delegate-rich areas of Tyler, Wichita Falls and Beaumont. Abhi Rahman, CNN, 5 May 2022 After a year without a tournament in 2020, followed by a Big Dance played in an Indianapolis bubble in 2021, college basketball will barnstorm once again with 67 games in 14 cities over the next three weeks. Laine Higgins, WSJ, 14 Mar. 2022 During his run to the White House, Trump used the airplane to barnstorm rallies, flying to dozens of cities, often returning to his Trump Tower penthouse at night. Doug Gollan, Forbes, 22 May 2021 New Horizons reached Pluto on July 14, 2015, becoming the first spacecraft to barnstorm the dwarf planet. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 16 Apr. 2021 Then, to maintain the Senate majority for Republicans and to save the very rules and protocols of the Senate, the Supreme Court and the Constitution, Trump will have to barnstorm Georgia. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 26 Nov. 2020 No state has yet officially certified its results for the presidential election, and Trump’s reelection campaign has worked overtime to barnstorm both state and federal courts with litigation in a last-ditch effort to achieve victory. Zachary Halaschak, Washington Examiner, 13 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of barnstorm

1883, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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10 Aug 2022

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“Barnstorm.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Oct. 2022.

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