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stump

noun uk   us   /stʌmp/

stump noun (PART LEFT)

[C] the part of something such as a tree, tooth, arm, or leg that is left after most of it has been removed: the stump of a tree Her smile broadened to reveal two rows of brown stumps.

stump noun (CRICKET)

stumps [plural] the three vertical wooden poles at which the ball is thrown in cricket

stump

verb uk   us   /stʌmp/

stump verb (NO ANSWER)

be stumped informal to be unable to answer a question or solve a problem because it is too difficult: I'm completely stumped - how did she manage to escape? Scientists are stumped by this mystery virus.

stump verb (WALK)

stump verb (POLITICS)

[T] US to travel around an area giving speeches and trying to get political support: She remembers when her dad ran for governor and stumped the north of the state.

stump verb (CRICKET)

[T usually passive] If the person hitting the ball in cricket is stumped, their turn to try scoring points is ended by a member of the other team knocking the bails off the stumps with the ball while they are outside a safe area.
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