barnburner

[bahrn-bur-ner]
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:
1835–45, Americanism; barn1 + burner; (def 3) so called with reference to burning down a barn to get rid of rats

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barnburner

noun
1. someone who burns down a barn 
2. an impressively successful event; "the rock concert was a real barnburner" 
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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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