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barnburner


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Barnburner  \Barn"burn`er\,  n.  [So  called  in  allusion  to  the 
  fable  of  the  man  who  burned  his  barn  in  order  to  rid  it  of 
  rats.] 
  A  member  of  the  radical  section  of  the  Democratic  party  in 
  New  York,  about  the  middle  of  the  19th  century,  which  was 
  hostile  to  extension  of  slavery,  public  debts,  corporate 
  privileges,  etc.,  and  supported  Van  Buren  against  Cass  for 
  president  in  1848;  --  opposed  to  {Hunker}.  [Political  Cant, 
  U.  S.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  barnburner 
  n  1:  someone  who  burns  down  a  barn 
  2:  (informal)  a  impressively  successful  event;  "the  rock 
  concert  was  a  real  barnburner" 




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