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to conduct a campaign or speaking tour in rural areas by making brief stops in many small towns.
Theater. to tour small towns to stage theatrical performances.
(of a pilot) to give exhibitions of stunt flying, participate in airplane races, etc., in the course of touring country towns and rural areas.
(of a professional athletic team) to tour an area playing exhibition games after the regular season.
to tour (various places) as a barnstormer.
Contemporary Examples

I half-expected him to barnstorm out in riding boots and harangue us, Mussolini-style, underlit from a plinth.
Obama Frees His Mojo Tina Brown September 9, 2009

Just get in the same plane and barnstorm the country together.
Grill Him Again! Mark McKinnon February 2, 2010

Now he ought to take his show on the road, barnstorm the country in behalf of the tax hike, see what happens.
Ya Think Susan Rice Is Happy Today? Michael Tomasky November 13, 2012

verb (intransitive)
to tour rural districts putting on shows, esp theatrical, athletic, or acrobatic shows
(mainly US & Canadian) to tour rural districts making speeches in a political campaign

1815, in reference to a theatrical troupe’s performances in upstate New York barns (usually featuring short action pieces to suit vulgar tastes); extended 1896 to electioneering, 1928 to itinerant airplane pilots who performed stunts at fairs and races. Related: Barnstormed; barnstorming.


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