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stump speech

a political campaign speech, especially one made on a campaign tour.
Origin of stump speech
An Americanism dating back to 1810-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • I was too busy to hanker for a stump speech, so I cut across his bows.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • When the auctioneer had finished Abe made his first stump speech.

    A Man for the Ages Irving Bacheller
  • Andrew Jackson was once making a stump speech out West in a small village.

  • That stump speech of hers given from a genuine stump had sent them actually reeling home.

    Beatrice Leigh at College

    Julia Augusta Schwartz
  • The lecture reads very much like a stump speech of the extreme florid type.

    James Fenimore Cooper Thomas R. Lounsbury

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