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n. Informal
An extremely impressive event or successful outcome: "September will not be any barnburner [for car sales]" (Lee Iacocca).
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(ˈbɑrnˌbɜr nər)

Informal. something that is highly exciting, impressive, etc.
[1930–35, Amer.]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.barnburner - someone who burns down a barnbarnburner - someone who burns down a barn  
arsonist, firebug, incendiary - a criminal who illegally sets fire to property
2.barnburner - an impressively successful eventbarnburner - an impressively successful event; "the rock concert was a real barnburner"
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
success - an event that accomplishes its intended purpose; "let's call heads a success and tails a failure"; "the election was a remarkable success for the Whigs"
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A few weeks after their barnburner of a fight in Las Vegas, the now former WBA "super" welterweight champion said he has recovered and has trained his sights at a rematch with the Filipino icon.
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Early on, the game looked like it might be a barnburner. It was tied 3-3 early in the third quarter thanks to Huskies sophomore attackman Jacob Lubrant's second goal of the game.
The 2014 Doha runner-up Kerber took a 7-1 head-to-head lead into the match against Strycova, but the Czech gave the reigning Wimbledon champion all she could handle in their latest clash before Kerber came back from a break down in the final set to notch the barnburner victory, after two hours and seven minutes of play.
That game was a barnburner with Iran playing unusually aggressive offense and Japan playing skilled defense that kept the game scoreless for a long time.
Two years after their first barnburner, Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora are back promising more Christmas gifts.
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The sheer size and power of both men had fans drooling at the prospect of a barnburner, but unfortunately, neither man showed up on the night in what truth be told was by and large a staring contest for 15-minutes.
This was a big deal for a young man who used a barnburner matchstick taped to the riser for his 20-yard pin!
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After beating the top side (City) 4-3 in another Anfield barnburner, they motored to the then bottom club (Swansea City) and lost 1-0 before heading out of the FA Cup to West Brom.
The 30-year-old was coming off of an electric two-and-a-half-hour first-round barnburner against No.2 seed Simona Halep on Monday night.