barnburner


barnburner
I
n A person or organization that overreacts, throws the baby out with the bathwater. That Congress was a barnburner that tried to reduce oppressive regulations by removing them all. 1840s
II
n A highly successful event. The poetry reading turned out to be a real barnburner! 1970s

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  • Barnburner — Barn burn er, n. [So called in allusion to the fable of the man who burned his barn in order to rid it of rats.] 1. A member of the radical section of the Democratic party in New York, about the middle of the 19th century, which was hostile to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • barnburner — ☆ barnburner [bärn′bʉrn΄ər ] n. Slang something, esp. a closely contested sports event, that is very exciting, intense, dramatic, etc …   English World dictionary

  • barnburner — n. an attention getting event or development. □ The current barnburner in Washington is the Wilson investigation. □ This is a real barnburner! Everyone will want to see it …   Dictionary of American slang and colloquial expressions

  • barnburner — noun 1. someone who burns down a barn (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑arsonist, ↑incendiary, ↑firebug 2. an impressively successful event the rock concert was a real barnburner • Usage Domain: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • barnburner — /bahrn berr neuhr/, n. 1. Informal. something that is highly exciting, impressive, etc.: The All Stars game was a real barnburner. 2. Chiefly Pennsylvania. a wooden friction match. 3. (cap.) a member of the progressive faction in the Democratic… …   Universalium

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  • barnburner — barn•burn•er [[t]ˈbɑrnˌbɜr nər[/t]] n. dial. inf Informal. something that is highly exciting, impressive, etc • Etymology: 1930–35, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • barnburner —  Exciting contest …   American business jargon

  • a barnburner — an exciting game, a cliff hanger    When the Flames play the Oilers it s a barnburner a great game …   English idioms

  • Wilmot Proviso — The Wilmot Proviso was introduced on August 8, 1846, in the United States House of Representatives as a rider on a $2 million appropriations bill intended for the final negotiations to resolve the Mexican American War. The intent of the proviso,… …   Wikipedia