Walter Mondale emerged from his Twin Cities igloo to stump for reform.
Courting a broad audience, she also skipped the more inflammatory lines from her stump speeches: no direct jabs at the other guy.
You give this stump speech—‘we are going to be with you through thick and thin’—and then we screw them.
And none of that really mattered anyway, because he was just forgettable at debates and on the stump.
They are model citizens, the kind of people whose lives might be used as exemplary stories by a politician in a stump speech.
"Mr. Kincaid must have been standing on a stump," he thought.
Many a rod, I grieve to say, was worn to the stump on that unlucky night.
Ramsa Lal stood the lantern upon the stump of a broken pillar, where its faint yellow light was paled by the moon-rays.
"You're just about as satisfying to talk to as a stump," she paid tribute to his unassailable calm.
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.
To be arrested; fall (1950s+ Underworld)