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 National Republican leaders trying to send a message about 2020 are barnstorming the state seeking to energize GOP voters and keep Edwards from claiming enough cross-party support to top 50% in the primary and win without a November runoff. San Diego Union-Tribune, "GOP firepower aims to oust Democratic Louisiana governor," 8 Oct. 2019 The front-runner to be the next British prime minister, Boris Johnson, is barnstorming across the countryside, campaigning on his Latin-quoting, rumple-suited, Oxford-educated, optimistic, populist Englishness. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson says he’s prepared for a no-deal Brexit. Critics say that’s reckless.," 6 July 2019 With the contract, Pyle became the first real football agent, and Grange received a cut of the gate receipts for all the games played on the barnstorming tour. The Si Staff,, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 Red Grange was barnstorming with George Halas’ Bears, traveling by train. Phil Rosenthal,, "A look at ESPN’s documentary on the NFL’s 4 female owners: ‘I don’t want (players) to look on me as some little old lady who is just kind of hanging around’," 25 Aug. 2019 The Bears immediately embarked on a 19-game barnstorming tour, with the team splitting revenues 50-50 with Pyle and Grange. Will Larkin,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 20, Red Grange," 17 Aug. 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 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., "‘Gorgeous Gussie’ Moran shocked Wimbledon 70 years ago, the first of many shocks that upended her life," 28 June 2019 The Colombian enjoyed a barnstorming season for Atalanta as the club made history by finishing third in Serie A, reaching the Coppa Italia final and securing Champions League football for the first time., "Duvan Zapata: The Striker Your Club Needs to Sign This Summer," 27 June 2019

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First Known Use of barnstorm

1883, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of barnstorm was in 1883

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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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