Definition of stem-winder in English:
1 informal An entertaining and rousing speech: a stem-winder of a speech
More example sentences
- Giuliani used some of the most overt forms in order to present a classic political stem-winder.
- His was no Gettysburg Address, to be sure, but compared to some of the stem-winders of history, Mr. Clinton's speech, delivered at a rapid pace, flew by.
- To say it wasn't a stem-winder is simply to say that it wasn't like Barack Obama's speech a few nights back, or Clinton's, or even Clark's or Sharpton's for that matter.
sense 1 from the notion of ‘winding up’ or causing a lively reaction from those listening.
Definition of stem-winder in:
- US English dictionary
What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?
Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.
Most popular in the US
Most popular in the UK
Most popular in Canada
Most popular in Australia
Most popular in Spain
Most popular in Malaysia