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whistle-stop

noun, often attributive whis·tle-stop \ ˈhwi-səl-ˌstäp , ˈwi- \

Definition of whistle-stop

1 a : 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

First Known Use of whistle-stop

circa 1925

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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whistle-stop Synonyms

Synonyms

hamlet, vill, village;

Related Words

cow town, Podunk;

outpost;


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whistle-stop

verb

Definition of whistle-stop

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

First Known Use of whistle-stop

1952

in the meaning defined above

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