Definition of barnstorm in English:



[no object]North American
  • 1Tour rural districts giving theatrical performances, originally often in barns.

    ‘he barnstormed up and down both coasts and eventually played New York’
    • ‘He's toured from coast to coast, playing both clubs and festivals, and barnstormed his way across England.’
    • ‘Shouldn't be too hard a chore, especially as the trio barnstorms through various cities across Canada in and around the Junos.’
    • ‘Together with 1st drummer Randy Curnew they barnstormed Canada, touring by any means possible and self-releasing their first record "Midnight is the Answer" on vinyl w/ a free cd early '04.’
    • ‘The original Dodworth brothers were founding members of the New York Philharmonic and their brass band, the Dodworth Band of New York, barnstormed the country during the Civil War.’
    • ‘Paige, in particular, became nationally famous through barnstorming around the country.’
    • ‘He tells the life of a child in a family troupe of actors as they barnstorm the West and South, including a stint near the front during the Mexican-American War.’
    • ‘San Francisco poets Tarin Towers and Daphne Gottlieb, Eitan Kadosh from L.A. and Phoenix's Eirein Bradley barnstormed with O'Hara through 35 U.S. cities over the summer.’
    • ‘The band coalesced in 1998 during a legendary trek across Canada, where the members busked and barnstormed for gas money and food whenever they could.’
    • ‘After briefly working with B.B. King in Memphis, Perkins barnstormed the South with Earl Hooker during the early fifties.’
    • ‘Lou hung tough and earned an increasingly fine living simply by being himself—a broadcaster, a bandleader, an irrepressible salesman, and a radio station chieftain.’
    • ‘His recordings were freshly introduced to new listeners daily and he barnstormed the country before capacity crowds all through the 90s before disbanding the organization, warehousing the gear and taking a break.’
    • ‘Springtime for Henry played Broadway in the early '30s and then again in the early '50s but became a laughingstock as Edward Everett Horton repeatedly barnstormed it.’
    • ‘Catch the insanity on and off the stage with The Kids in the Hall as they barnstorm across North America on their historic 2000 reunion tour.’
    1. 1.1 Make a rapid tour of an area as part of a political campaign.
      ‘he was barnstorming down in Georgia’
      with object ‘the speech he gives as he barnstorms the country’
      • ‘She raised $30 million in five years, which is incredible, and barnstormed the country and spoke at the Democratic convention and was just an inspiration, I think, to a lot of people.’
      • ‘Winchell then declares his candidacy for president and barnstorms the black heart of America.’
      • ‘He barnstormed the nation, speaking in living rooms, village squares, universities, and even huge sports arenas.’
      • ‘Earlier this year, Microsoft founder Bill Gates barnstormed five engineering schools to drum up interest.’
      • ‘And now we see support for his plan falling, despite his 2-month barnstorming efforts.’
      • ‘He has been barnstorming the state for Props 57 and 58.’
      • ‘In 1957, he barnstormed across the USSR to proclaim his new decentralisation plan for ‘regional economic councils’.’
      • ‘Each turn, you can barnstorm campaign in targeting ridings, travel province to province, give speeches, fundraise, or prepare for debates.’
      • ‘While the alliance promptly declared the list of candidates and Naveen, who is contesting from Hinjli, went barnstorming, the Congress was very late to declare the names of its candidates.’
      • ‘The Bush camp is barnstorming in Missouri today.’
      • ‘Bush won the midterms for Republicans by barnstorming the country attacking Democrats for not passing his homeland security bill.’
      • ‘Howard Dean is going to barnstorm the Deep South.’
      • ‘Tilton is barnstorming the country, outlining his proposal in speeches, interviews and employee meetings, and touting some promising statistics.’
      • ‘Saca last month barnstormed California and Washington, D.C., to drum up support for the pact - but got a mixed reception.’
      • ‘President Aleksander Kwasniewski is barnstorming the country in a 30-city tour.’
      • ‘Since then, Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt has been barnstorming all over the West visiting proposed areas and soliciting public comment.’
      • ‘And somehow Kerry's got a chance at all of the four corners, so he's out West for a week, barnstorming mostly, but also outlining his vision for education reform with a major policy speech.’
      • ‘She barnstormed for equality and was insulted, vilified, even pelted with rotten eggs for her trouble.’
      • ‘Bush, who barnstormed across the country promoting his Social Security plan for months earlier this year, hasn't mentioned it in more than two weeks.’
      • ‘For the next two months, though the result appears preordained, the Democratic roadshow will barnstorm the country from coast to coast against Bush, more symphony than cacophony.’
    2. 1.2 Travel around giving exhibitions of flying and performing aeronautical stunts.
      ‘barnstorming had become a popular occupation among many trained pilots’
      • ‘Then he became a wingwalker and parachutist for a barnstorming pilot, not soloing until he bought a war-surplus Curtiss Jenny in 1923.’
      • ‘Besides hauling passengers on airshow barnstorming flights, J.R. uses the Stearman for banner and glider towing and scenic flights.’
      • ‘He moved from barnstorming to the Apollo program without making a fatal mistake in an accident-prone profession.’
      • ‘Carl and the Special stayed on the aviation scene joining the Flying Aces Air Circus in the late 1920s with Jessie Woods walking on the wings, as well as barnstorming.’
      • ‘When he was discharged, he barnstormed, carried mail and was a stunt flyer.’
      • ‘He barnstormed for a time, then entered the Army Air Corps as a pilot trainee, graduating at the head of his class in 1925 and taking a commission in the Army Air Service Reserve.’
      • ‘To help pay off the plane, Harold barnstormed throughout the Midwest, carrying passengers at $5 a piece, and then later $2 a hop.’
      • ‘Allen Meyers barnstormed with Jensen in one of his later designs, the Jensen Sport.’
      • ‘In the mid-1920s Lindbergh barnstormed through Alabama.’
      • ‘During the early years of the air age, ushered in by the Wright Brothers at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, in 1903, barnstorming was a highly popular activity.’
      • ‘He dropped out after two years, learned to fly, and spent the summer of 1923 barnstorming through the West.’
      • ‘When completed, Art started barnstorming the lumbering biplane throughout the Midwest.’
      • ‘George “Buck” Weaver was a flight instructor and barnstorming pilot.’
      • ‘The stunts range from parachuting onto a hot air balloon to the classic barnstorming to landing a Cessna on the Golden Gate Bridge.’