whistle-stop tour

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whistle-stop tour

A brief trip to several locations. My travel agent offered me such a great deal on a whistle-stop tour of Italy that I couldn't resist.
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a ˌwhistle-stop ˈtour

short visits to different places made, for example, by a politician during an election campaign: The Prime Minister left on a whistle-stop tour of the north of England today.The new manager’s gone on a whistle-stop tour of all the offices.In the US, a whistle stop is a small town or station that trains only stop at if somebody gives a signal.
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Whistle-stop tours were popular in the 19th century when long distance travel by passenger train was the norm.
Historically, a whistle-stop tour brought Presidents to cities where they could communicate directly with the people they served," said Nebraska's Associate Athletic Director Paul Meyers.
He will use the three-wheel motorised rickshaw to give tourists whistle-stop tours of Glasgow.
Dancer Frederic Franklin, peppy and whip-smart at the age of 91, provides piquant commentary on the ballet's survival of the Nazi invasion of Paris, months of whistle-stop tours, cutthroat directors, hostile Southern Klan members, deteriorating sets and costumes, and tempestuous temperaments.
Just as whistle-stop tours were used to promote civil rights like women's suffrage to the end of racial segregation, the National School Choice Week 'Special' will draw attention to the great civil rights fight of the 21st century: school choice for all Americans regardless of their race, income, zip code or learning ability," said Andrew Campanella, president of National School Choice Week.
Beyond the whistle-stop tour, National School Choice Week 2013 will feature more than 3,500 events organized by students, parents and community leaders across all 50 states.