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Black Stump

noun, Australian.
an imaginary spot marking the supposed limits of civilization:
beyond the Black Stump.
Origin of Black Stump
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Historical Examples
  • Black Stump, unfinished wood platform, and blue enamel basin.

  • We mounted then, and it looked as if we were all matched for a race to the Black Stump.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
  • Now this Black Stump was in the middle of the woods, through which the children had to go on their way to and from school.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail Howard R. Garis
  • Boston danced around in great excitement, and when I pointed to the Black Stump he was ready to see bears most anywhere.

  • A squirrel, sitting on a Black Stump in the pasture, suddenly began jumping about and shrilly chattering.

    The House in the Water Charles G. D. Roberts
  • He shook his head and looked so steadily at a Black Stump that Robert knew his eyes were fixedly cast on the horizon.

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • Away they started for the big, Black Stump, girls and boys all together.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail Howard R. Garis
  • So Jacko stayed there by the big, Black Stump, while the others went on to race again.

    Jacko and Jumpo Kinkytail Howard R. Garis
  • The object proved to be nothing more intimidating than a Black Stump.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
British Dictionary definitions for Black Stump

black stump

(Austral) the black stump, an imaginary marker of the extent of civilization (esp in the phrase beyond the black stump)
(NZ) a long way off
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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