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whistle-stop

1. A brief stop on a longer trip, especially by a politician. Are you going to see the presidential candidate on his whistle-stop here tomorrow?
2. A small town along a railroad line. Our town is just a whistle-stop, best known for its proximity to the train line that runs to the big city.
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National School Choice Week 'Special' is country's first cross-country whistle-stop train tour promoting school choice
TOLEDO, Ohio -- Ohio's robust school choice options will be on center stage in late January as the National School Choice Week 'Special,' a cross-country, whistle-stop train tour supporting education reform, stops in Toledo and Cleveland.
At each of the 14 whistle-stops along the way, local and national school choice activists will welcome the train and host special events.
LOS ANGELES -- Tens of thousands of parents, students, teachers, community leaders and education reform supporters will demand greater school choice options for all children on a groundbreaking 14-city, nationwide whistle-stop train tour during National School Choice Week 2013, organizers announced today.
2, the tour will evoke past struggles for equality - from suffrage to civil rights - all of which used whistle-stop tours to galvanize support for causes that shaped American history.
The train will make a dozen main stops for Clinton rallies, but there may be other whistle-stops where the president will speak directly from the train.
Unlike the first whistle-stop campaigns that date to before the Civil War, this one will be a media extravaganza.