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stump speech

a political campaign speech, especially one made on a campaign tour.
Origin of stump speech
1810-20, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The politician who loses a word on the tip of his tongue during a stump speech is experiencing the sin of blocking.
  • He has since repeatedly mentioned the highway in a standard stump speech on his environmental accomplishments.
  • Eventually, she began to draw crowds as she sang, played her accordion and gave her stump speech at county fairs.
  • If you listen to her stump speech, she is emphasizing economic issues more than social issues.
  • Today, the only mention of corporations in his stump speech is a demand that the corporate-tax rate be lowered.
  • Now, at a fundraiser at a small-town golf club, he is preparing to recycle his stump speech once again.
  • The stump speech is competent, but it is the content rather than any oratorical flourish which draws cheers.
  • Having done all that, they then have to devise a stump speech that will thrill these targets to the bone.
  • She modified her stump speech, trying to sound more empathetic by talking softly and taking more questions from the audience.
  • His stump speech offers a simple two-part explanation of what has gone wrong.

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