- a small town, orig. one at which a train stopped only upon signal
- a brief stop in a small town as part of a tour, esp. in a political campaign; orig., such a stop in which the candidate spoke from the rear platform of a train
intransitive verb-·stopped·, -·stop·ping
to make a series of whistle-stops
- A town or station at which a train stops only if signaled.
- A brief appearance of a political candidate in a small town, traditionally on the observation platform of a train.
intransitive verbwhis·tle-stopped, whis·tle-stop·ping, whis·tle-stops
To conduct a political campaign by making brief appearances or speeches in a series of small towns.
- (US, dated) A minor railway station at which a train would stop if requested
- Now used attributively to describe a tour that makes frequent stops.
- 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.
Named for the train whistle that is frequently blown before stopping in small towns.