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  • verb Present participle of barnstorm.
  • adjective highly theatrical (used especially of a performance)


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  • Ryan has said he does not relish the idea of barnstorming the country on behalf of Republican candidates or party fundraising, two of the GOP leader's top responsibilities.

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  • The only songs that I ever write that are under four minutes are just like kind of barnstorming punk songs.

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  • The history of wing walking dates back to 1920s America, when a surplus of aeroplanes after the First World War encouraged soldiers who had been flying in battle to buy them cheaply and go "barnstorming", the first major form of civil aviation in the history of flight.

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  • Over the weekend, Mr. Romney began what he describes as a "barnstorming" trip for Sen. McCain.

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  • The initial game's success encouraged the founders to arrange a "barnstorming" tour that took the teams to Green Bay,

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  • Watching Mandelslime describe McBust's performance as "barnstorming" was the best laugh of the evening.

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  • Aero GP, which is known as the Formula 1 of Air Racing, is a multi-discipline aero triathlon, featuring pylon racing (with six aircraft competing in the air at the same time) a one-on-one dogfight and a precision targeting 'barnstorming' challenge. Latest News

  • Despite windy weather Miss Skelton and the two Oshkosh air aces, Steve Wittman and Bill Brennard, cut up the atmosphere in what could have been taken for good old "barnstorming" tactics were it not for the fact that the emphasis throughout the program was on safe flying.

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  • In his own barnstorming days as a modern Jackie Milburn or Hughie Gallacher, Shearer required no guidance in the art of physical subjugation, and a striker he managed briefly and who scored for him, against Stoke has now taken up the tradition.

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  • But in recent years it's also acquired a reputation for class-leading live comedy, with acts such as Stewart Lee, Russell Howard and David Cross putting on barnstorming performances.

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