whistle-stop

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EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Named for the train whistle that is frequently blown before stopping in small towns.

NounEdit

whistle-stop ‎(plural whistle-stops)

  1. (idiomatic) A small train station.
  2. (politics) A brief stop on a campaign tour to make a speech or perform some other type of public electioneering

Usage notesEdit

  • The unhyphenated spelling, whistle stop, is more common in political usage (except when used attributively). Although originally strictly a US term, it is now used in the UK and elsewhere.

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AdjectiveEdit

whistle-stop ‎(not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic) Extremely brief and hurried.
    We've only got 30 minutes at the stadium, so I'll give you a whistle-stop tour.

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