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A.Word.A.Day--stemwinderPronunciation: WAV or RealAudio
stemwinder (STEM-wyn-duhr) noun
1. A stem-winding watch.
2. A rousing oration, especially a political one.
3. A stirring orator.
Sullivan, known for his stentorian stemwinders on the Senate floor, said there was no need to reopen the budget ...." Christopher Keating, Sullivan Sees Racism in Treasurer Debate, The Hartford Courant, Feb 5, 2000.
This week's theme: words about government, politics, and elections.
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