whistle-stop

whistle stop

noun
1.
a small, unimportant town, especially one along a railroad line.
2.
a short talk from the rear platform of a train, especially during a political campaign.
3.
a brief appearance, single performance, or the like, in a small town, as during a political campaign or theatrical tour.

Origin:
1920–25, Americanism

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whistle-stop

[hwis-uhl-stop, wis-]
verb (used without object), whistle-stopped, whistle-stopping.
1.
to campaign for political office by traveling around the country, originally by train, stopping at small communities to address voters.
2.
to take a trip consisting of several brief, usually overnight, stops.
adjective
3.
occurring at a whistle stop; consisting of whistle stops: a whistle-stop speech; a whistle-stop tour of the Northwest.

Origin:
1950–55

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whistle stop
 
n
1.  (US), (Canadian)
 a.  a minor railway station where trains stop only on signal
 b.  a small town having such a station
2.  a.  a brief appearance in a town, esp by a political candidate to make a speech, shake hands, etc
 b.  (as modifier): a whistle-stop tour
 
vb , -stops, -stopping, -stopped
3.  (intr) to campaign for office by visiting many small towns to give short speeches

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