American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Wound by turning an expanded crown on the stem.
- adj. Of, relating to, or characterized by rousing oration: "a stem-winding style that one associates with the Senate of a hundred years ago” ( New Yorker).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wound by turning the stem, and not by a key: said of a watch.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Wound by mechanism connected with the stem.
“He doesn't get up and make big stem-winding speeches.”
“The Speaker then made a stem-winding speech urging the caucus to devote every waking moment until March 18 to finding balls.”
“In fact, it is roughly the same length as "In Defense of Distraction," the book critic's stem-winding manifesto about the impact of the Internet on the cultural consumption of an entire generation.”
“An often profane showman who was known for wearing the world's worst toupee, Traficant routinely ended his explosive, stem-winding floor speeches by quoting the "Star Trek" line "Beam me up!”
“The darling of the hard-right; she gives stem-winding speeches.”
“He came out for him in that stem-winding of a speech and saying that he saw in Barack Obama a John Kennedy lookalike.”
“There, television critic Alessandra Stanley thrills to the authentic voice of black America: Mr. Wright "went deep into context — a rich, stem-winding brew of black history, Scripture, hallelujahs and hermeneutics," Ms. Stanley effuses.”
“Roosevelt, as we all know, in those days particularly there was a lot of stem-winding speeches and whistle-stopping across the country.”
“Herein resided the stem-winding, therapeutic logic of the year-long national "conversation on race"; the periodic presidential apologies for world-historic wrongs which were usually strategic evasions of actual legislative responsibility; and the fussy feel-good conferences on teen violence and the media.”
“FORD: He could give you a stem-winding (ph) speech that would knock you cold.”
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