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Words related to barnburner

someone who burns down a barn

an impressively successful event

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We've had some barnburners go down to the wire (against Oregon), and I don't expect Thursday to be any different.
Democratic Party, with the Barnburners holding a plurality)); cf.
2) The Court opened the Term with a fairly routine case, the type of "workaday dispute that makes up far more of the docket than the constitutional barnburners the [J]ustices occasionally entertain.
The Barnburners contributed their leader, former President Martin Van Buren, as the Free Soil nominee--a great irony, since many credited (or blamed) Van Buren for the creation of the very party system the Free Soilers sought to disrupt, especially the system's deliberate quashing of sectional controversy.
And Beerstecher explained: "We are not agrarians, we are not barnburners.
Those opposed to slavery's movement into the territories--lumping together Barnburners, Free Soilers, Liberty Party people, and Republicans--often did not drag emancipation into their advocacy.
Richard Boyd cogently argues that the Pierce biography gave the "partisan" Hawthorne a "unique opportunity to influence directly the political future" of America (338) and to ensure the "restoration of Democratic party unity, to return the free-soil Barnburners to the fold without alienating the states' rights Southerners" (339).
Nor can it be said that Smith, whose most recent box office barnburners, "I Am Legend" and "Huncock," seemed consciously designed to set the star apart from the rest of humanity, shies away from the saintlike status conferred upon his character.