Definition of stump in English:
- In addition the tree covered quite a large area which, once the stump has been ground out and the soil improved, will offer an exciting opportunity for redesign and new plantings.
- It shows a charred stump of a tree with the ground around it burnt.
- They found large piles of sawdust and tree stumps cut to ground level.
- Between the foc'sle store and the hold are the remnants of a mast stump, with the hole in the decking above still clearly identifiable.
- Today 27 stones remain standing along with the stumps and fragments of another nine.
- Elsewhere the remnants are more mundane and ambiguous, like a shattered stump of bone which may point to the giant moa.
- If a batsman breaks his bat when striking the ball, and a piece of the bat hits the stumps, how is he out?
- Only 20 runs were added in nine more overs and Inzamam's approach caused his dismissal, the ball going off bat and pad onto the stumps.
- Kiddy Cricket is a popular spectacular featured during international matches, with the youngsters engaged in games using rubber balls, plastic bats and stumps.
- But even after a two-month stump campaign, the Bush plan for private Social Security accounts is sputtering.
- Lincoln's skill as a stump speaker, enhanced by his six-foot-four-inch height, contributed to his political rise.
- He has had barely a month on the campaign stump, but Wesley K. Clark is giving his fellow Presidential contenders a run for their money.
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- You can go here to the bulletin board on Jeopardy and read some game recaps and see which rare questions stumped Ken.
- This innocent-sounding question has stumped mathematicians from Cantor's time to the present.
- We were sure the last question would stump them and leave us with great video footage.
- For example, the press agents were stumped when asked to explain the rules and legal implications of the Wi-Fi Internet waves.
- But when she got a National award for the song, they were stumped.
- Each examined him separately but they, too, were stumped.
- I jumped when I heard thunder and kids stumping and running around in the other room.
- All at once, I saw two figures: one a little man who was stumping along eastward at a good walk, and the other a girl of maybe eight or ten who was running as hard as she was able down a cross street.
- Haley walked into the kitchen and two minutes later Trevor came stumping into the kitchen.
- The chief Minister, Oommen Chandy, stumped the District Collectors at their two-day annual conference here on Monday.
- Max is now stumping for his friend and fellow veteran, John Kerry.
- In the 2000 primary Wellstone also opposed Gore, stumping for candidate Bill Bradley.
- 1on the stump
- informal Engaged in political campaigning.Example sentences
- That is a success, and he can take credit for that, being part of the Government, and that will be one of many reasons why he is out on the stump, campaigning for the return of a Labour Government.
- When I went on the stump during the election campaign, I did not meet one person, apart from the National candidate, who did not back this policy.
- Bush aides say that over the next 18 days the president's performances out on the stump, out on the campaign trail are going to be crucial.
- stump something up
- British informal Pay a sum of money: a buyer would have to stump up at least 8.5 million dollars for the siteMore example sentences
- I still haven't stumped it up yet, I think I'vegot till the end of the month to find 10 k behind my sofa.
- You will have to stump it up and hope you can claim it back in court.
- I would add the bond amount if you are going to rent (I know its refundable but you still have to stump it up, up front) and the connection charges for electricity/ phone/ internet.
One sense of stump refers to part of a limb remaining after an amputation, and this was the original meaning of the noun. The verb was initially ‘to stumble over an obstacle’, especially over a tree stump. The sense ‘to baffle’, was first used in American English in the early 19th century and probably arose from the idea of coming across stumps in ploughing which obstruct the progress of the plough. The Australian phrase beyond the black stump means ‘beyond the limits of settled, and therefore civilized, life’. It comes from the custom of using a fire-blackened stump of wood as a marker when giving directions to travellers. To be on the stump is to go about the country making political speeches, a usage that originated in rural America in the late 18th century, when a person making a speech would often use a tree stump as an impromptu platform. The Democratic politician Adlai Stevenson said of Richard Nixon that he was ‘the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, and then mount the stump, and make a speech on conservation’. To stump up a tree is to dig it up by the roots. This gives the meaning ‘to pay up, especially reluctantly’, from the image of digging deep into your pocket.
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