barnstorm (v.)

"to 'take by storm' the barns that served as theaters in rural places where itinerant acting troupes typically performed," 1815, in reference to performances in upstate New York barns (usually featuring short action pieces to suit vulgar tastes); see barn + storm (v.). Extended 1896 to electioneering tours, 1928 to itinerant airplane pilots who performed stunts at fairs and races. Related: Barnstormed; barnstorming; barnstormer.

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