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Black Stump

noun, Australian
1.
an imaginary spot marking the supposed limits of civilization:
beyond the Black Stump.
Origin
1925-1930
1925-30
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British Dictionary definitions for Black Stump

black stump

noun
1.
(Austral) the black stump, an imaginary marker of the extent of civilization (esp in the phrase beyond the black stump)
2.
(NZ) a long way off
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