Definition of whistle-stop in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wisəl ˌstäp/


Very fast and with only brief pauses: a whistle-stop tour of Britain
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  • Finally, there were the ubiquitous Japanese tourists, who were presumably on whistle-stop tours of Oxford with the intention of capturing as much of it on film as possible.
  • Mr Blunkett's whistle-stop tour continued with meetings with Keighley Together, a group set up to underline the positive images of the town, and the Braithwaite People's Association.
  • And, as if it to prove a point, he shepherded us to the top deck for an aerial, whistle-stop tour of the city away from the thundering road drills.


North American
1A small unimportant town on a railroad.
Example sentences
  • En route to the World's Fair, the girls would sharpen their skills and increase their visibility by playing exhibition and challenge games at whistle-stops all along the way.
  • But Racine is much more than a whistle-stop on the dairy run.
  • In 1941, what is now Warner Robins was a sleepy little whistle-stop known as Wellston, located just south of Macon in the central part of the state.
1.1A brief pause in a tour by a politician for an electioneering speech.
Example sentences
  • Such ‘cultural events’ have become popular whistle-stops for political parties keen to woo the nearly 300,000 Asian New Zealanders of voting age.
  • As he spoke at the first whistle-stop, 19-year-old Ben Brown, an NDP supporter, stood silently holding a sign warning of environmental damage under a Conservative government.
  • Diane Schmitt, a recruiter in Prescott, Ariz., let Bart talk to a handful of her recruits, at one of his first whistle-stops, which included Oklahoma, Ohio and New York.
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