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.
Recent Examples on the Web 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 Biden's camp plans to barnstorm Pennsylvania on Sunday and Monday, with Biden, his wife Jill Biden, and running mate California Sen. Kamala Harris and her husband Doug Emhoff fanning out across Pennsylvania to ask for last-minute votes. Adam Shaw, Fox News, 31 Oct. 2020 The Democratic and Republican candidates barnstorm the nation to make their cases. Victor Davis Hanson Tribune News Service (tns), Star Tribune, 29 Oct. 2020 The Democratic and Republican candidates barnstorm the nation to make their cases. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, 29 Oct. 2020 Yet Trump’s rally in Sanford, Florida, came amid concerns that his plans to barnstorm the country could put him and others at risk. Anchorage Daily News, 13 Oct. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of barnstorm

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

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