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stoop labour

Hard, physical labour requiring one to bend over, especially that which would be done on a farm. Primarily heard in UK. My grandfather has a permanent hunch in his spine from the stoop labour he had to do throughout his life. Every summer, we send the children to my brother's farm. It's good for them to get out of the city for a while and do a little bit of stoop labour.
See also: labour, stoop

stoop to conquer

To adopt a role, position, attitude, behavior, undertaking, etc., that is seen as being beneath one's abilities or social position in order to achieve one's end. The wealthy congressman has to start taking advantage of more popular, mainstream entertainment platforms because the only way he can come back at this point is if he stoops to conquer.
See also: conquer, stoop

stoop labor

Hard, physical labor requiring one to bend over, especially that which would be done on a farm. My grandfather has a permanent hunch in his spine from the stoop labor he had to do throughout his life. Every summer we send the children to my brother's farm. It's good for them to get out of the city for a while and do a little bit of stoop labor.
See also: labor, stoop

stoop to (something)

To do something below a certain standard of dignity, principles, or integrity. Don't stoop to his level. Just ignore him. I can't believe he would stoop to spreading gossip like that. I lost faith in the news site when they stooped to posting vacuous, clickbait-driven trash articles.
See also: stoop

stoop so low

To lower one's ethical standards (or perceived standards) by behaving in a malignant, self-centered, or despicable manner. In the wake of these vicious attacks, it's horrible to think that our fellow citizens could stoop so low in the name of patriotism. I knew John wasn't the most philanthropic guy around, but I never expected him to stoop so low.
See also: low, stoop

stoop down

to dip, duck, or squat down. I had to stoop down to enter the tiny door. Stoop down so you don't bump your head.
See also: down, stoop

stoop over

to bend over. Carl stooped over to pick up his napkin and lost his balance. As he stooped over, he lost his balance and fell.
See also: over, stoop

stoop to doing something

to degrade oneself or condescend to doing something; to do something that is beneath one. Whoever thought that the manager of the department would stoop to sweeping up? I never dreamed that Bill would stoop to stealing.
See also: stoop

stoop labor

Back-bending manual work, especially farm work. For example, They had us picking peas all day, and that's too much stoop labor. [First half of 1900s]
See also: labor, stoop

stoop to

Condescend to something beneath one's dignity, as in She wouldn't stoop to listening to that obnoxious gossip. [Second half of 1500s]
See also: stoop

stoop so ˈlow (as to do something)

(written) lower your moral standards far enough to do something bad or unpleasant: I hope none of my friends would stoop so low as to steal.She suggested placing an ad in a magazine for a boyfriend, but I’d never stoop so low.
See also: low, stoop

stoop to

To do something degrading or reprehensible to achieve one's ends: It's a shame that the museum has to stoop to cheap gimmicks in order to attract visitors.
See also: stoop


and stoop
n. a stupid person. (Also a term of address.) Look, stoop, just do what you are told.


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He scored in the last ten minutes at The Stoop last season and on his last visit in the Challenge Cup in May, his hat-trick of tries came in the 25th, 43rd and 79th minutes.
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HARLEQUINS suffered their worst-ever home defeat in the Premiership as a six-match unbeaten home run disintegrated at The Stoop.
We have also had a guide stoop carved for each village, and six have been installed so far.
TEAM HARLEQUINS TOULOUSE 10 21 HARLEQUINS' record 14-match unbeaten run came to a crashing halt at The Stoop last night after they were overpowered by four-time Heineken Cup champions Toulouse.
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