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1. To travel through small towns performing theatrical shows. Back in the day, my parents' band was known to barnstorm throughout the Midwest.
2. To entertain small towns with stunt flying. There's nothing to do around here but watch guys barnstorm in their old planes.
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1. tv. & in. [for an entertainer] to perform in small towns for short engagements. My great-uncle used to barnstorm Kansas and Oklahoma with his medicine show.
2. in. to perform stunts in a biplane in small towns. (Presumably swooping around barns.) The old biplane we used to barnstorm with is the safest plane ever built.
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