stem-winder

noun
stem-wind·​er | \ ˈstem-ˌwīn-dər How to pronounce stem-winder (audio) \

Definition of stem-winder

1 : a stem-winding watch
2 [from the superiority of the stem-winding watch over the older key-wound watch] : one that is first-rate of its kind especially : a stirring speech

First Known Use of stem-winder

1875, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Stem-winder.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stem-winder. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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