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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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They managed at least to confuse umpire Ian Gould, who drew stumps when Luke Parker was last out caught behind off a short ball from Smith -only to discover there was still just enough time for one over in which Notts managed to knock off eight of the 12 runs required.
After hanging up his riding boots, Brown gave the training game a go but he drew stumps after just five seasons after saddling around a dozen winners.