black stump


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black stump

An imaginary marker of the edge of civilized settlement, usually referring to the Australian outback. The origin of the term is uncertain. Primarily heard in Australia. There are many people who still live beyond the black stump, lacking access to medical care and other basic social services.
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Drinking fluoridated water will do nothing to improve or remove the black stumps from children's mouths.
When he smiled half of his top teeth were missing, the rest were black stumps.
The cricket-mad keeper finally got rid of his green, brown and black stumps this week - another fortnight and I believe he'd have been legally entitled to wear dungarees and play the banjo - and splashed out pounds 1500 on a brand new set of pearly whites.
It prompted the players and officials to flee for the dressing room, with Warwickshire's England batsman Nick Knight hit as he made his pursuit from the crowds while the black stumps were stolen.
The use of orange balls and black stumps also worked.
There will be black stumps and bails, the enhanced use of replay screens with more information and statistics, an on-pitch compere and the use of music during intervals and certain points of the games.
They sheer off and the sufferer is left with black stumps.