Informal. something that is highly exciting, impressive, etc.:
The All Stars game was a real barnburner.
Chiefly Pennsylvania. a wooden friction match.
(initial capital letter) a member of the progressive faction in the Democratic Party in New York State 1845–52.
But how many of you can honestly say you think that second Nixon term was just a barnburner?
McGovern’s Legacy Michael Tomasky October 21, 2012
They rely more on the strength of their ideas than barnburner narratives.
Iraq, Terror, and the Surreal: Hassan Blasim’s ‘The Corpse Exhibition’ Brian Van Reet March 8, 2014
We cannot insist on a mission for him and the collectorship for a barnburner.
Letters and Literary Memorials of Samuel J. Tilden, v. 1 Samuel J. Tilden
It offered to admit the barnburner and Hunker delegations together to cast the vote of the State.
Martin Van Buren Edward M. Shepard
- Barn dance
a social gathering, originally held in a barn, and including square dances, round dances, and hoedown music. any party featuring country dances, dress, music, etc. Historical Examples barn dance, prompted Elinor, who also had no liking for Edwards cousin. The Motor Maids by Palm and Pine Katherine Stokes Has your algebra bothered you, or is […]
barkos painter, (Ezra 2:53; Neh. 7:55). The father of some of the Nethinim.
- Barn door
noun the door of a barn (informal) a target so large that it cannot be missed (photog, television, theatre) an adjustable flap over the front of a studio or theatre lamp Contemporary Examples Facebook has—to fracture an old phrase—just closed the barn door after a billion cows already departed the premises. You Can’t Have Facebook’s […]
- Barn-door skate
an Atlantic skate, Raja laevis, that grows to a length of 4 feet (1.2 meters) or more.