an imaginary spot marking the supposed limits of civilization: beyond the Black Stump.
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Origin of Black Stump
First recorded in 1925–30
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British Dictionary definitions for black stump
the black stump Australian an imaginary marker of the extent of civilization (esp in the phrase beyond the black stump)
NZ a long way off
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