Example: The championship game between the top two contenders was a real barn burner.
Origins: American 1835-45, reference to burning down a barn to get rid of rats and the attention it causes. (Source.)
- a barn razer
- a tower toppler
- a bridge dropper
- a roof collapser
- a sky blazer
- a river blocker
Discussion: While these don’t all have the same origins as a barn burning, they likely would all get public attention and acclaim.