draw stumps

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Etymology[edit]

From the game of cricket, where a day's play is terminated by the umpire drawing the stumps out of the ground.

Verb[edit]

draw stumps

  1. (cricket, of the umpires) To declare an end to the days play, and remove the bails and sometimes the stumps.
  2. (idiomatic) To cease doing something, at least for the day.

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