barnburner

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barnburner

Any thing, event, or occasion that is especially exciting, impressive, and/or successful. I had so much fun at Jonathan's bachelor party last night; it was a real barnburner! The majority of the game was rather lackluster, but it was a barnburner in the final quarter.
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Kennedy delights the crowd, stripping down to his shirt sleeves and unreeling one of his trademark barnburners.
However radical the Barnburners were on issues of debt and slavery (most of them joined the Free-Soil Party in 1848 and the new Republican Party in the 1850s), they opposed the redistribution of wealth--either to the rich or to the poor--by political means.
Prizing limited government and fiscal integrity more than social justice, the Barnburners did not insist on a tax policy directed against the rich, and in 1842 the legislature enacted a regressive tax on real estate and personal effects, earmarking the revenue for the general and canal funds.
Chaired by the mayor of New York, his counterparts from Brooklyn and Jersey City, the local district attorney and all the aldermen, the foundation meeting (the New York Herald reported) was "a regular auction for Presidential votes; and Whigs, loco-focos, barnburners, were all there, bidding each other for the Irish vote".
The Barnburners, the progressive faction of the Democratic Party, withdrew from the national convention in Baltimore, Md.
With that in mind and the fact that Abraham has such explosive power this is going to be a hell of a fight, possibly the best fight of the lot for Froch and he has been in some real barnburners.
Their music is fresh and original (and mostly written by Mills and Parker), but whether playing ballads or barnburners, there is a welcoming, familiar and friendly "front porch" dynamic to the sound as well.
We shouldn't forget that Marquez almost beat Pacquiao, took him to the wire in two barnburners at featherweight and superfeather.
The Stags have been in some barnburners this season, and the victory over Narragansett was one of them.