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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 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: 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 to something

to do something that makes your moral standards lower They have stooped to using threats of violence in order to get their way.
Usage notes: often used in the forms stoop to someone's level or stoop to the level of dong something: The president shouldn't stoop to the level of exchanging insults.
Etymology: from the literal meaning of stoop (to bend forward and down to make yourself smaller)
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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]
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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.
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and stoop
n. a stupid person. (Also a term of address.) Look, stoop, just do what you are told.


See stupe
References in classic literature ?
While some stooped with their lips to the brink and never raised their heads again, others sprang up from their fiery draught, and danced, half in a mad triumph, and half in the agony of suffocation, until they fell, and steeped their corpses in the liquor that had killed them.
Whoever did this, never have I seen anything quite so appalling or having stooped so low.
CROOKS stooped to a new low when they snatched cash destined for cancer sufferers.
After I stooped down to get my photo taken with 5ft Kylie, she said: "I'm just waiting to be asked to go on the show.
Other published articles on the subject of low-back disorders conclude data indicating that persons working in stooped postures are at high risk of developing low back disorders.
Unlike other successful comedians, Dangerfield never stooped to taking cheap shots at other people - his biting one-liners were meant only for himself.
And that was as good as it got for stooped Stoop fans.
Proponents of the bills have stooped to concocting a link between religion and mistreatment of children by stating that "freedom of religious belief does not include the freedom to engage in practices that threaten health and safety.
Stooped shoulders and brittle bones are the hallmarks of osteoporosis, a gradual loss of bone that affects about 20 million people in the United States.
Like Diana, he stooped to conquer, and it was captivating.