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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: Perhaps from stump 'something risky which someone has persuaded you to do'

stunt

1 noun
     
stunt1 [countable]
1 a dangerous action that is done to entertain people, especially in a film:
Not many actors do their own stunts.
a stunt flying show
2 something that is done to attract people's attention, especially in advertising or politics:
Todd flew over the city in a hot air balloon as a publicity stunt.
3

pull a stunt

to do something that is silly or that is slightly dangerous:
Next time you pull a stunt like that don't expect me to get you out of trouble.

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