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barnburner

[bahrn-bur-ner] /ˈbɑrnˌbɜr nər/
noun
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.
(initial capital letter) a member of the progressive faction in the Democratic Party in New York State 1845–52.
Compare Hunker.
Origin
1835-1845
1835-45, Americanism; barn1 + burner; (def 3) so called with reference to burning down a barn to get rid of rats
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  • We would rate the performance as middle of the pack: it's neither a barnburner nor a slug.
  • Um, no, even if does offer the potential to be a barnburner.

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