To go on the stump


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To go on the stump to engage in making public addresses for electioneering purposes; -- a phrase derived from the practice of using a stump for a speaker's platform in newly-settled districts. Hence also the phrases stump orator stump speaker stump speech stump oratory, etc.
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In literature:

He is always asked by the State Committee to go out on stump during campaign.
"Martin Eden" by Jack London
But I thought it might interest you, since you'll have to go on the stump and refute it all.
"A Far Country, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Then some little boys, anxious to see the fun go on, told me to get on a large cotton-wood stump close by and defend myself.
"Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler" by Pardee Butler
It was part of the reeling, glamorous intoxication into which she cast him, to hear himself going on like a stump-speaker.
"Rough-Hewn" by Dorothy Canfield