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Black Stump

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noun Australian.
  1. an imaginary spot marking the supposed limits of civilization: beyond the Black Stump.

Origin of Black Stump

First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for black stump

black stump

noun
  1. the black stump Australian an imaginary marker of the extent of civilization (esp in the phrase beyond the black stump)
  2. NZ a long way off
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