verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
to tour (various places) as a barnstormer.

1880–85; barn1 + storm

barnstormer, noun Unabridged
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barnstorm (ˈbɑːnˌstɔːm)
1.  to tour rural districts putting on shows, esp theatrical, athletic, or acrobatic shows
2.  chiefly (US), (Canadian) to tour rural districts making speeches in a political campaign
[C19: from barn1 + storm (vb); from the performances often being in barns]
n, —adj

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Slang Dictionary

barnstorm definition

  1. tv. & in.
    [for an entertainer] to perform in small towns for short engagements. : My great-uncle used to barnstorm Kansas and Oklahoma with his medicine show.
  2. in.
    to perform stunts in a biplane in small towns. (Presumably swooping around barns.) : The old biplane we used to barnstorm with is the safest plane ever built.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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