Definition of barnstorm in English:


Pronunciation /ˈbärnˌstôrm/ /ˈbɑrnˌstɔrm/

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intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1North American Tour rural districts giving theatrical performances, originally often in barns.

    ‘he barnstormed up and down both coasts and eventually played New York’
    • ‘He tells the life of a child in a family troupe of actors as they barnstorm the West and South, including a stint near the front during the Mexican-American War.’
    • ‘Paige, in particular, became nationally famous through barnstorming around the country.’
    • ‘San Francisco poets Tarin Towers and Daphne Gottlieb, Eitan Kadosh from L.A. and Phoenix's Eirein Bradley barnstormed with O'Hara through 35 U.S. cities over the summer.’
    • ‘Catch the insanity on and off the stage with The Kids in the Hall as they barnstorm across North America on their historic 2000 reunion tour.’
    • ‘Shouldn't be too hard a chore, especially as the trio barnstorms through various cities across Canada in and around the Junos.’
    • ‘The band coalesced in 1998 during a legendary trek across Canada, where the members busked and barnstormed for gas money and food whenever they could.’
    • ‘His recordings were freshly introduced to new listeners daily and he barnstormed the country before capacity crowds all through the 90s before disbanding the organization, warehousing the gear and taking a break.’
    • ‘Together with 1st drummer Randy Curnew they barnstormed Canada, touring by any means possible and self-releasing their first record "Midnight is the Answer" on vinyl w/ a free cd early '04.’
    • ‘Lou hung tough and earned an increasingly fine living simply by being himself—a broadcaster, a bandleader, an irrepressible salesman, and a radio station chieftain.’
    • ‘He's toured from coast to coast, playing both clubs and festivals, and barnstormed his way across England.’
    • ‘The original Dodworth brothers were founding members of the New York Philharmonic and their brass band, the Dodworth Band of New York, barnstormed the country during the Civil War.’
    • ‘After briefly working with B.B. King in Memphis, Perkins barnstormed the South with Earl Hooker during the early fifties.’
    • ‘Springtime for Henry played Broadway in the early '30s and then again in the early '50s but became a laughingstock as Edward Everett Horton repeatedly barnstormed it.’
    1. 1.1with object Make a rapid tour of an area as part of a political campaign.
      ‘he was barnstorming down in Georgia’
      • ‘the speech he gives as he barnstorms the country’
      • ‘Each turn, you can barnstorm campaign in targeting ridings, travel province to province, give speeches, fundraise, or prepare for debates.’
      • ‘Winchell then declares his candidacy for president and barnstorms the black heart of America.’
      • ‘While the alliance promptly declared the list of candidates and Naveen, who is contesting from Hinjli, went barnstorming, the Congress was very late to declare the names of its candidates.’
      • ‘Since then, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt has been barnstorming all over the West visiting proposed areas and soliciting public comment.’
      • ‘In 1957, he barnstormed across the USSR to proclaim his new decentralisation plan for ‘regional economic councils’.’
      • ‘Earlier this year, Microsoft founder Bill Gates barnstormed five engineering schools to drum up interest.’
      • ‘She barnstormed for equality and was insulted, vilified, even pelted with rotten eggs for her trouble.’
      • ‘For the next two months, though the result appears preordained, the Democratic roadshow will barnstorm the country from coast to coast against Bush, more symphony than cacophony.’
      • ‘President Aleksander Kwasniewski is barnstorming the country in a 30-city tour.’
      • ‘She raised $30 million in five years, which is incredible, and barnstormed the country and spoke at the Democratic convention and was just an inspiration, I think, to a lot of people.’
      • ‘He barnstormed the nation, speaking in living rooms, village squares, universities, and even huge sports arenas.’
      • ‘Tilton is barnstorming the country, outlining his proposal in speeches, interviews and employee meetings, and touting some promising statistics.’
      • ‘And somehow Kerry's got a chance at all of the four corners, so he's out West for a week, barnstorming mostly, but also outlining his vision for education reform with a major policy speech.’
      • ‘The Bush camp is barnstorming in Missouri today.’
      • ‘Bush, who barnstormed across the country promoting his Social Security plan for months earlier this year, hasn't mentioned it in more than two weeks.’
      • ‘Saca last month barnstormed California and Washington, D.C., to drum up support for the pact - but got a mixed reception.’
      • ‘Howard Dean is going to barnstorm the Deep South.’
      • ‘He has been barnstorming the state for Props 57 and 58.’
      • ‘And now we see support for his plan falling, despite his 2-month barnstorming efforts.’
    2. 1.2Travel around giving exhibitions of flying and performing aeronautical stunts.
      as noun barnstorming ‘barnstorming had become a popular occupation among many trained pilots’
      • ‘Besides hauling passengers on airshow barnstorming flights, J.R. uses the Stearman for banner and glider towing and scenic flights.’
      • ‘When completed, Art started barnstorming the lumbering biplane throughout the Midwest.’
      • ‘Carl and the Special stayed on the aviation scene joining the Flying Aces Air Circus in the late 1920s with Jessie Woods walking on the wings, as well as barnstorming.’
      • ‘He moved from barnstorming to the Apollo program without making a fatal mistake in an accident-prone profession.’
      • ‘Allen Meyers barnstormed with Jensen in one of his later designs, the Jensen Sport.’
      • ‘In the mid-1920s Lindbergh barnstormed through Alabama.’
      • ‘He dropped out after two years, learned to fly, and spent the summer of 1923 barnstorming through the West.’
      • ‘The stunts range from parachuting onto a hot air balloon to the classic barnstorming to landing a Cessna on the Golden Gate Bridge.’
      • ‘He barnstormed for a time, then entered the Army Air Corps as a pilot trainee, graduating at the head of his class in 1925 and taking a commission in the Army Air Service Reserve.’
      • ‘Then he became a wingwalker and parachutist for a barnstorming pilot, not soloing until he bought a war-surplus Curtiss Jenny in 1923.’
      • ‘When he was discharged, he barnstormed, carried mail and was a stunt flyer.’
      • ‘George “Buck” Weaver was a flight instructor and barnstorming pilot.’
      • ‘To help pay off the plane, Harold barnstormed throughout the Midwest, carrying passengers at $5 a piece, and then later $2 a hop.’
      • ‘During the early years of the air age, ushered in by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903, barnstorming was a highly popular activity.’