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 for To go on the stump
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Stump \Stump\, n. [OE. stumpe, stompe; akin to D. stomp, G.
     stumpf, Icel. stumpr, Dan. & Sw. stump, and perhaps also to
     E. stamp.]
     1. The part of a tree or plant remaining in the earth after
        the stem or trunk is cut off; the stub.
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     2. The part of a limb or other body remaining after a part is
        amputated or destroyed; a fixed or rooted remnant; a stub;
        as, the stump of a leg, a finger, a tooth, or a broom.
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     3. pl. The legs; as, to stir one's stumps. [Slang]
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     4. (Cricket) One of the three pointed rods stuck in the
        ground to form a wicket and support the bails.
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     5. A short, thick roll of leather or paper, cut to a point,
        or any similar implement, used to rub down the lines of a
        crayon or pencil drawing, in shading it, or for shading
        drawings by producing tints and gradations from crayon,
        etc., in powder.
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     6. A pin in a tumbler lock which forms an obstruction to
        throwing the bolt, except when the gates of the tumblers
        are properly arranged, as by the key; a fence; also, a pin
        or projection in a lock to form a guide for a movable
        piece.
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     Leg stump (Cricket), the stump nearest to the batsman.
  
     Off stump (Cricket), the stump farthest from the batsman.
        
  
     Stump tracery (Arch.), a term used to describe late German
        Gothic tracery, in which the molded bar seems to pass
        through itself in its convolutions, and is then cut off
        short, so that a section of the molding is seen at the end
        of each similar stump.
  
     To go on the stump, or To take the stump, to engage in
        making public addresses for electioneering purposes; -- a
        phrase derived from the practice of using a stump for a
        speaker's platform in newly-settled districts. Hence also
        the phrases stump orator, stump speaker, stump speech,
        stump oratory, etc. [Colloq. U.S.]
  
     on the stump campaigning for public office; running for
        election to office.
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