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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
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It seems to be a mild dose and we won't be drawing stumps with him yet,' he said.
After drawing stumps on the race-riding side of his life, Candy started working for Jim Old.
Also runner-up in last year's Cesarewitch and fifth on his last run in the Chester Cup, Countrywide Flame was ruled out for the jumps season in October with a leg injury, but since then further deterioration has led to the connections drawing stumps altogether.
And the 37-year-old former skipper insisted there's no way he'd be drawing stumps on his illustrious career, despite calls for him to quit while he's ahead.
An elder statesman of Newmarket's training community, Collingridge, 63, made the gloomy forecast after taking the decision not to renew his licence, drawing stumps on a 36-year career he no longer considers economically viable.
Nicholls says: "When he performed so badly in our outdoor school a fortnight ago we were quite close to drawing stumps.