Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An extremely impressive event or successful outcome.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A member of the more progressive of the two factions into which the Democratic party in the State of New York was long divided, the other faction being called the Hunkers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Political Cant, U. S. A member of the radical section of the Democratic party in New York, about the middle of the 19th century, which was hostile to extension of slavery, public debts, corporate privileges, etc., and supported Van Buren against Cass for president in 1848; -- opposed to Hunker.
  • noun informal an impressively successful or unusually good event.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun idiomatic An extremely exciting or successful event or person.
  • noun One who burns down a barn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an impressively successful event
  • noun someone who burns down a barn

Etymologies

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From the idea of burning down one’s barn to get rid of a rat infestation.

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  • See lucifer.

    Oh, and Weirdnet? Thanks.

    July 23, 2009