draw stumps

draw stumps

1. In cricket, to call an end of gameplay for the day, as by removing the stumps (part of the wicket) from the ground. As the umpire draws stumps for the day, India has beaten England by 133 runs.
2. By extension, to cease doing something or bring something to an end. In spite of the biting scandal, the footballer said he would not be drawing stumps on his international career. This has gotten horribly boring, let's draw stumps and go home.
See also: draw, stump

draw stumps

cease doing something.
In the game of cricket, the stumps are taken out of the ground at the close of play.
See also: draw, stump
References in classic literature ?
It doesn't occur to you that I might like to draw stumps, start clean, and live happily ever after--in the bush?
AS the cricket season draws to a close, there's always a temptation to draw stumps on your own bit of greenery
The positioning of the fixture has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks, with the testing conditions that prevailed prompting some of the sport's leading lights to either draw stumps for the year or pursue alternative targets.
Varian's assistant David eustace said: "It's very disappointing but missing three days before a Group 1 is too much, so we've had to draw stumps and will focus on the Melbourne Cup.
However, after considerable thought and in discussion with Ed Miliband, leader of the party and for many years my close colleague, I have decided to draw stumps on my House of Commons career.
However, after considerable thought, I have decided to draw stumps on my Commons career.
David Pipe opted to draw stumps after that heavy tumble and the decision paid dividends as Kings Palace never saw another rival to score effortlessly at Fontwell on his seasonal return.
Sadly we have been denied the fascinating clash after Henderson was forced to draw stumps with Sprinter Sacre, and rule him out for the rest of the season.
However, further snow overnight has left the situation untenable and officials have had no option but to draw stumps.
He was a little bit anxious in one of his legs at evening stables and after Clifford (Baker, Nicholls' head lad) and the vet inspected him, we decided to draw stumps.
With temperatures set to drop alarmingly last night clerk of the course Jon Pullin was left with no option but to draw stumps.
Aidan O'Brien's Moyglare Stakes heroine Maybe will end the season unbeaten after her connections decided to draw stumps for the year.
Winner of four starts, including the 2008 Spring Mile at Doncaster, Don''t Panic refused to race on his last three starts, prompting his owner to draw stumps on the final occasion back in April.
Leicester's meeting was abandoned on Sunday before Sedgefield had to draw stumps yesterday morning.
Draw stumps punters The beauty of manning the phones in an organisation like the Racing Post is that you get to converse with new people every week, and most of them have one thing in common: disgruntlement.