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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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.
The vision of Hoffman and the Barnburners assumed a world dominated by small property owners who paid taxes, but that world was already vanishing, especially in New York City.
Arrayed on the opposite side were Hoffman, now a state assemblyman, Wright, and their "Barnburner" friends, radical men whose policies, their opponents claimed, would destroy the state in the cause of reform (just as Dutch farmers, in an ethnically charged joke, were said to burn down their barns to kill the rats).
The Barnburners, the progressive faction of the Democratic Party, withdrew from the national convention in Baltimore, Md., and met at Utica, N.Y.
The popular vote was Taylor, 1,360,101; Cass, 1,220,544; Martin Van Buren, Free-Soil and Barnburners candidate, 291,263.
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.