An especially exciting sporting event such as a football or basketball game, typified by back and forth scoring and a great finish.
Dad: "Damn, that game was a barnburner!"

Joe: "What the hell are you talking about, old man?"
بواسطة Joe Bone مارس/آذَار 11, 2005

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An exciting sports match that is competitive to the very end.
That Duke-UNC basketball game was a real barn burner! I didn't know who was going to win!
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barn burner: can also refer to an epic and overpowering flatulent expulsion that smells so vomitous and full of vile toxic fumes that you swear could burn down or melt an actual man-made structure

Farmer: WHEW!! MAN ALIVE what is that horrid stench? Please tell me you didn't feed those cows spinach again?

Cow-hand: *holding his nose* No that was me - I've been holding in my grandma's hogmaw beancakes in for weeks!

Farmer: *holding his nose* God help us!

Barn: *falls down into a pile of rubble*
cow-hand dinky, barn burner
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an exciting game, a cliff-hanger
When the Flames play the Oilers it's a barnburner - a great game.
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a big dramatic disagreement, a shouting match, or a knockdown dragdown fight.
When Mary caught Sue with her husband, they had a barn burner of a fight.
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A Barn Burner is a disgusting variation of the Irish car bomb, usually put together at the end of a party with whatever alcohol remains.
"Someone left their beer in the fridge and I just found a bottle of Jack in Steve's parents liquor cabinet. Time for some barn burners!"
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The epitome of excellence. Often used as a noun, or given as a nickname to those who are at the pinnacle of perfection in the given field.
(In a hockey setting...)
"Did you just see the Barn Burner dump that puck in?! That was the best dump I have ever seen!!"
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