1. someone who burns down a barn
  2. an impressively successful event
    the rock concert was a real barnburner
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How To Use barnburner In A Sentence

  • Back at the rally, a 'barnburner' speech was in progress, given by Juan Figueroa, Hartford's health care reform hero. (see Sleepy Little Connecticut: The Tip of the Health Care Reform Spear? Suzanne Langlois: Pitchfork Toting Townsfolk Menace Fortress Aetna
  • The album is very good, and typical Fulks - there are barnburners like this track, a few quiet ballads, and a handful of songs showing off Fulks 'sense of humor (on the track "Countrier Than Thou", Fulks lambasts country fans who snobbily eschew anything modern, refuse to hear the word "Shania" but probably use the word "eschew"). Not a cent to waste, no rock unturned (Music (For Robots))
  • The one Connecticut contest that does look like a barnburner this cycle is the Shays-Himes race … .. A Barnburner Defined | spazeboy
  • Industry sales rose 20% in the first quarter, and are headed above 13 million for the calendar year -- no barnburner but enough for most manufacturers to stay in the black.
  • One definition of barnburner is “someone who burns down a barn” but the other definition is “an impressively successful event.” A Barnburner Defined | spazeboy
  • P.S. Just now on MS.BC, Joe S.arborough described Miller's speech as a "barnburner," presumably intending a compliment. Angry White Man Wigs Out: James Wolcott
  • Calling the race between Shays and Himes a barnburner is interesting by its definition. A Barnburner Defined | spazeboy
  • the rock concert was a real barnburner
  • The most impressive speech of the entire weekend was the closer, a barnburner by a freshman congressman named Allen West. Mark Joseph: Conservative Confab Produces An Unlikely Contender
  • I hope you all were glued to your TVs to watch our men's squad upset our Canadian friends in a 5-3 barnburner at Hockey Canada Place. On the blueline: One game to go, vs. Canada, gold at stake
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