To take the stump

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To take 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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Usage

In literature:

It did not take me long to find the pool, close against the blackened stump of a tree-fern.
"Prester John" by John Buchan
Stumps, as well as logs, have their ways, and it takes a long experience to understand the ways of stumps.
"The Man From Glengarry" by Ralph Connor
It is not personal ambition that has induced me to take the stump this year.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
After two hours Stumps and Kinney insisted on taking a turn at the oars, and Lady Moya moved to the bow.
"Once Upon A Time" by Richard Harding Davis
I want to see you take the stump once.
"The Bobbin Boy" by William M. Thayer
Stump lifted himself as high out of the water as he could, and taking a look, fell back exhausted, clinging desperately to the oar.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
Robin thanked him, and was about to take the cheese when Stumps snatched it up, and ran out of the room with it, laughing coarsely as he went.
"The Battery and the Boiler" by R.M. Ballantyne
On again, over a crab-holey plain, taking care to avoid the stumps of trees and bad ground.
"A Boy's Voyage Round the World" by The Son of Samuel Smiles
Now Larkin was stumped, but McGee was ready to take up the gage.
"Aces Up" by Covington Clarke
Pluto; take Mr Stump's horse to the stable, and see that it is fed.
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
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In news:

A question, really: How would Romney transition from a sensitive public figure dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy back to a stump speech-making, political jab-taking presidential candidate.
When Gov John Hickenlooper takes the stage Wednesday at the Democratic National Convention, he will have formally moved from a carefully crafted apolitical persona to a place where he is stumping for a Democratic president.
Having knocked down many an off stump during his time as England cricket captain, Andrew Flintoff hopes to do the same to opponents when he takes to the boxing ring later this year.
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