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Topic: PLANTS

Date: 1200-1300
Language: Middle Low German

stump

1 noun
     
stump1 [countable]
1HBP the bottom part of a tree that is left in the ground after the rest of it has been cut down:
2HBH the short part of someone's leg, arm etc that remains after the rest of it has been cut off
3 the small useless part of something that remains after most of it has broken off or worn away:
There was only a stump of the candle left.
4DSC one of the three upright sticks in cricket that you throw the ball at
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stump speech/speaker

American English a speech made by a politician who is travelling around in order to gain political support, or the politician who gives this speech
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be on the stump

British English to be travelling around an area, making speeches in order to gain political support
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