Whistle-stop definition

wĭsəl-stŏp, hwĭs-
A town or station at which a train stops only if signaled.
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A brief appearance of a political candidate in a small town, traditionally on the observation platform of a train.
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To conduct a political campaign by making brief appearances or speeches in a series of small towns.
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A small town, orig. one at which a train stopped only upon signal.
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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.
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To make a series of whistle-stops.
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(US, dated) A minor railway station at which a train would stop if requested.
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(idiomatic) A small train station.
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(politics) A brief stop on a campaign tour to make a speech or perform some other type of public electioneering.
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(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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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
whistle-stop
Plural:
whistle-stops

Origin of whistle-stop

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

    From Wiktionary