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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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  • And for a wind-up you can give them a stump speech, and I'll bill you as Lew Dockstader, second.

    A Pirate of Parts Richard Neville
  • Thus, the interpreter, confusing the points of situation, transforms the monologue into a stump speech.

  • Andrew Jackson was once making a stump speech out West in a small village.

  • It is a novel, strictly speaking, involving neither sermon nor stump speech.

    The Betrayal of John Fordham B.L. (Benjamin Leopold) Farjeon
  • I was too busy to hanker for a stump speech, so I cut across his bows.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln

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