Meaning of barnburner

barn•burn•er

Pronunciation: (bärn'bûr"nur), [key]
— n.
  1. something that is highly exciting, impressive, etc.: The All Stars game was a real barnburner.
  2. a wooden friction match.
  3. (cap.) a member of the progressive faction in the Democratic party in New York State 1845–52. Cf. Hunker.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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