whistle-stop

noun, often attributive
whis·​tle-stop | \ ˈ(h)wi-səl-ˌstäp How to pronounce whistle-stop (audio) \

Definition of whistle-stop

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small station at which trains stop only on signal : flag stop
b : a small community
2 : a brief personal appearance especially by a political candidate usually on the rear platform of a train during the course of a tour

whistle-stop

verb
whistle-stopped; whistle-stopping; whistle-stops

Definition of whistle-stop (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a tour especially in a political campaign with many brief personal appearances in small communities

Synonyms for whistle-stop

Synonyms: Noun

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First Known Use of whistle-stop

Noun

circa 1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whistle-stop was circa 1925

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“Whistle-stop.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whistle-stop. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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