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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!
by prefanman October 06, 2007
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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 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?"
by Joe Bone March 11, 2005
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(n.) A very exciting or dramatic event, especially a sports contest.
Blake- Good thing the Arizona Cardinals broke the tie last night.
Erin- Yeah, it was a real 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.
by Libertine October 02, 2005
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