pull up stumps

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Pronunciation[edit]

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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 (third-person singular simple present pulls up stumps, present participle pulling up stumps, simple past and past participle pulled up stumps)

  1. (figuratively) 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 (third-person singular simple present pulls up stumps, present participle pulling up stumps, simple past and past participle pulled up stumps)

  1. (US, figuratively) To relocate, emigrate, move one's home to some other place.
    Synonyms: pull up stakes, up sticks