Definitions

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

  • intransitive verb To conduct a political campaign by making brief appearances or speeches in a series of small towns.

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  • noun idiomatic A small train station.
  • adjective idiomatic Extremely brief and hurried.

Etymologies

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Named for the train whistle that is frequently blown before stopping in small towns.

Examples

  • There were plenty of false starts waiting for the Obama-Biden whistle-stop train to come through Edgewood, Md., reports Shruti L. Mathur.

    Watching the Train Roll By - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • The whistle-stop tour also was scheduled to stop in Baltimore, as well as to slow down at several junctures along the way to greet the anticipated crowds of supporters.

    Watching the Train Roll By - The Caucus Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Allen's whistle-stop foray into the history, culture and politics of Syria contains nuggets of interest but ultimately falls wide of the mark, leaving an unfilled space for a heavyweight account of travels from this currently tortured country.

    James Denselow: An Innocent Abroad

  • It feels like a punishing schedule for a club that, until last July when they staged an eight-day whistle-stop tour to Malaysia and China, were hardly synonymous with far-flung close-season adventures.

    Arsenal plan games in Seoul, Beijing and Hong Kong in July

  • No TAV then staged a whistle-stop tour at theaters and conference halls across the valley, where they blared the high-decibel recordings over hi-fidelity speakers for locals to hear.

    Protesters Make Italian Rail Project the Little Engine That Couldn't

  • Allen's whistle-stop foray into the history, culture and politics of Syria contains nuggets of interest but ultimately falls wide of the mark, leaving an unfilled space for a heavyweight account of travels from this currently tortured country.

    James Denselow: An Innocent Abroad

  • The whistle-stop tour of military facilities is an important component of the delicate choreography between the two sides as they try to build what they call "strategic trust," while also learning more about each other's capabilities and ways of operating.

    China Gives Mullen Rare Look at Jet, Sub

  • The Iron Lady, directed by Phyllida Lloyd from an Abi Morgan script, opts for a breezy, whistle-stop tour through the unstable nitroglycerin of Thatcher's life and times.

    The Iron Lady: first screening

  • In August of this year, she paid me a visit whilst on a whistle-stop tour of the UK to visit relatives.

    Introduction

  • Paul is conducting a "whistle-stop" tour of South Carolina today, with stops at five airports in the state.

    South Carolina primary – CNN debate fallout

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