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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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In the fall, they like oak trees and other hardwoods with big black stumps because the shade is more concentrated.
Drinking fluoridated water will do nothing to improve or remove the black stumps from children's mouths.
All games will be played with full coloured clothing, black stumps and pink balls.
"Then he smiled and half of his top teeth were missing and the rest were black stumps. I just broke down and vowed I'd do everything in my power to try and get him out of there."
When he smiled half of his top teeth were missing, the rest were black stumps. I just broke down and I then just vowed to John that I'd do everything in my power to try and get him out of there.'
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.
On a boar hunt in the Tehachapi Mountains of California, I sat in the back of an open Jeep bouncing slowly along the rutted trails and could easily tell the difference between a hog and the black stumps covering the burned-over hills at distances as far as a mile without ever needing to have the driver pause.
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. This takes a couple of years but dentists can spot the early signs.