stump speech

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English[edit]

Stump Speaking (1853-54), George Caleb Bingham
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Etymology[edit]

From a bucolic image of a politician touring little settlements with his boilerplate speech which he delivers standing atop the stump of a chopped-down tree.

Noun[edit]

stump speech (plural stump speeches)

  1. (politics) A standard speech by a politician running for office.

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