Many times on the stump, he said, “No one with children who works full time should live in poverty.”
Walter Mondale emerged from his Twin Cities igloo to stump for reform.
Still, as they stump for fellow Democrats around the country, look for them to seek to subtly talk up their outsider cred.
Courting a broad audience, she also skipped the more inflammatory lines from her stump speeches: no direct jabs at the other guy.
The proposed change has only one purpose: to give President Obama something to talk about on the stump.
"Mr. Kincaid must have been standing on a stump," he thought.
A sapling was cut off so that the stump of a limb was left at the bottom of it.
Ramsa Lal stood the lantern upon the stump of a broken pillar, where its faint yellow light was paled by the moon-rays.
Grandon sits down on the stump of a tree, and takes Cecil on his lap.
Then he would set us upon the stump of the pine tree while he chopped the trunk and boughs for fuel.
mid-14c., "remaining part of a severed arm or leg," from or cognate with Middle Low German stump (from adjective meaning "mutilated, blunt, dull"), Middle Dutch stomp "stump," from Proto-Germanic *stump- (cf. Old Norse stumpr, Old High German and German stumpf "stump," German Stummel "piece cut off"), perhaps related to the root of stub or stamp, but the connection in each case presents difficulties.
Earliest form of the word in English is a now-obsolete verb meaning "to stumble over a tree-stump or other obstacle," attested from mid-13c. Meaning "part of a tree trunk left in the ground after felling" is from mid-15c. Sense of "walk clumsily" is first recorded c.1600; that of "baffle" is first recorded 1807, perhaps in reference to plowing newly cleared land.
"to go on a speaking tour during a political campaign," 1838, American English, from phrase stump speech (1820), from stump (n.), large tree stumps being a natural perch for rural orators (this custom is attested from 1775).
The extremity of a limb left after amputation.
The pedicle remaining after removal of the tumor to which it was attached.
[first sense fr the notion of being blocked by stumps in one's way; second sense fr standing up on a stump to make a speech]