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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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 Putnam, a former congressman, has run a more traditional campaign for governor, barnstorming the state with campaign events aimed at building upon his family's deep ties to the state. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Trump calls for voter ID, teases Iran talks at Florida rally boosting DeSantis, Scott," 2 Oct. 2018 The president has barnstormed the nation this fall, holding multiple rallies a week, mindful that his future will be shaped by Election Day. Ken Thomas, The Seattle Times, "WHAT TO WATCH: After turbulent campaign, it’s up to voters," 7 Nov. 2018 Like McCarthy, Scalise has been barnstorming the country raising money for lawmakers, chits that could be quite valuable if there is an opening to lead the conference. Fox News Staff, Fox News, "The GOP battle for the speakership intensifies," 7 Sep. 2018 And what better way for a company founded by an ex-Uber executive to do that than by barnstorming the rest of the globe. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "How Bird plans to spread its electric scooters all over the world," 1 Aug. 2018 Graham, Mykhailiuk and Young will take the barnstorming tour to Wichita East High School on Saturday May 5. Gary Bedore, kansascity, "Robinson-Earl attracts interest from batch of coaches at Dallas-area AAU tourney | The Kansas City Star," 21 Apr. 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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