• bluebird on stump
    bluebird on stump
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stumping campaigning for something by making political speeches (stump speeches)
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “He said that he felt like the boy that stumped his toe,it hurt too bad to laugh, and he was too big to cry.”


Beyond the black stump - (AU) An Australian idiom idicating that even if you go as far as you can, the black stump is still a little further.
On the stump - When politicians are campaigning for support and votes, they are on the stump.


In literature:

To "stump" another boy to do a thing is considered as putting a certain obligation on him to perform the action indicated.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
Stump foot soon showed itself.
"Cabbages and Cauliflowers: How to Grow Them" by James John Howard Gregory
A platform was up in the air under a tree and two stumps stood on ends for the steps.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Friends sure to stump down, sir.
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
The boys looked at the stump, but they saw no tracks.
"Bob Hunt in Canada" by George W. Orton
And again he found a man sitting beside the stump of the tree.
"Childhood's Favorites and Fairy Stories" by Various
They took with them a young fellow from Nautical Hall named John Stumpton, a handy lad who generally went by the name of Stump.
"The Wizard of the Sea" by Roy Rockwood
Helen had picked out a hollow stump in which to hide.
"The Bobbsey Twins on Blueberry Island" by Laura Lee Hope
"The Boy Scouts' First Camp Fire" by Herbert Carter
Some sentinel probably halted a stump and fired, thus rousing a thousand men from their warm beds.
"The Citizen-Soldier" by John Beatty

In poetry:

How you jump -
Trepanned veteran,
Dirty girl,
Thumb stump.
"Cut" by Sylvia Plath
So I lifted my arm, the right,
With never a hand at all;
Only a stump, a sight
Fit to appal.
"Grand-Père" by Robert W Service
Full many a marsh-fire lured me on,
I reached at many a star,
I reached and grasped them and behold -
The stump of a cigar!
"The Old Chimaeras. Old Receipts" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Sets neat prints into the snow
Between trees, and warily a lame
Shadow lags by stump and in hollow
Of a body that is bold to come
"The Thought-Fox" by Ted Hughes
Only here and there a clearing,
With its farm-house rude and new,
And tree-stumps, swart as Indians,
Where the scanty harvest grew.
"Cobbler Keezar's Vision" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Then, curled within a hollow stump
down in a gully dim and deep,
we held our breaths with awe to find
four dingo puppies fast asleep!
"Adventure" by Alice Guerin Crist

In news:

I am stumped by how to excerpt the language on message boards and blogs.
David Gappa (left) stumps Curtis Short who did not win the alabaster and gold change axis vase.
Clinton Stumps For Democratic Senate Candidate.
Stump 02 Jul 2011 - 21:26.
Rubio, Martinez Stump For Heather Wilson in Mesilla .
Pictured from "The Voice" is Adley Stump.
David Gard/For The Star-Ledger A stump is all that remains of an oak tree on Timber Road in East Brunswick.
Southern Coach Stump Mitchell can challenge anyone to say if a team forces five turnovers that they indeed can still lose the game.
North Georgia Tree Stump Removal.
Tim McCoy is Snellville's favorite tree stump removal expert.
Jim Shea shares his trouble with removing a stump from his yard.
BOSTON — Gov Deval Patrick is again facing the more mundane tasks of managing state government after spending time on the campaign trail this year stumping for President Barack Obama and Democratic US Sen.-elect Elizabeth Warren.
A technician arrived, but was stumped, too.
Kirby Stanforth has been wielding his chainsaw and turning stumps into art for the last thirteen years.
A compelling look at the life and career of Southern "stump speaking" politician A.B.

In science:

Note that, by the induction hypothesis, for each n, (σ ∪ τ )n = σn ∪ τ n is a stump.
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
The observation that, if both σ and τ are hereditarily increasing, also σ ∪ τ is hereditarily increasing, is an easy consequence of (ii). (iv) We have to prove: for every stump σ , the infinite sequence H(σ) is again a stump, and we do so by induction on the set of stumps.
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
It follows that H(σ) itself is a stump. (v) This easily follows from (ii). (vi) The proof is left to the reader.
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
Now assume σ, τ are hereditarily increasing stumps such that σ < τ .
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective
One might call σ ⊕ τ the natural sum or the Hessenberg sum of the stumps σ, τ .
Analytic, co-analytic and projective sets from Brouwer's intuitionistic perspective