pull up stumps

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the game of cricket, where a day's play is terminated by the umpire pulling up the stumps.

Verb[edit]

pull up stumps

  1. (idiomatic) To cease doing something, at least for the day.
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Etymology 2[edit]

To cut off one's roots; or to pull up your house, (figurative) stumps & all.

Verb[edit]

pull up stumps

  1. (idiomatic) To relocate, emigrate, move one's home to some other place.