Definition of whistle-stop campaign noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


whistle-stop campaign

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a political campaign in which a politician makes short stops at many different towns. The expression was first used in the US, where small American towns were called 'whistle-stops' because trains only stopped at them if a whistle signal was given. President Truman was well known for his whistle-stop campaigns, during which he made speeches in many small towns from the platform on the end of a train.