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slang A stupid, foolish person. An informal shortening of "stupid." I can't believe I mixed those up. I can be a real stoop sometimes! You must be a real stoop if you believe that.
To bend or hunch over. I stooped down to pick up the quarter on the floor, and I threw out my back in the process. We had to stoop down to fit inside the tunnel.
Hard, physical labor requiring one to bend over, especially that which would be done on a farm. My grandfather has a permanent hunch in his spine from the stoop labor 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 labor.
To bend or hunch over. I stooped over to pick up the quarter on the floor, and I threw out my back in the process. We had to stoop over to fit inside the tunnel.
stoop so low
To lower one's ethical standards (or perceived standards) by behaving in a malignant, self-centered, or despicable manner. In the wake of these vicious attacks, it's horrible to think that our fellow citizens could stoop so low in the name of patriotism. I knew John wasn't the most philanthropic guy around, but I never expected him to stoop so low.
stoop to (something)
To do something below a certain standard of dignity, principles, or integrity. Don't stoop to his level. Just ignore him. I can't believe he would stoop to spreading gossip like that. I lost faith in the news site when they stooped to posting vacuous, clickbait-driven trash articles.
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.
slang A stupid, foolish person. An informal shortening of "stupid." I can't believe I mixed those up. I can be a real stupe sometimes! You must be a real stupe if you believe that.
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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.
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.
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.
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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]
Condescend to something beneath one's dignity, as in She wouldn't stoop to listening to that obnoxious gossip. [Second half of 1500s]
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
stoop so ˈlow (as to do something)(written) lower your moral standards far enough to do something bad or unpleasant: I hope none of my friends would stoop so low as to steal. ♢ She suggested placing an ad in a magazine for a boyfriend, but I’d never stoop so low.
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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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n. a stupid person. (Also a term of address.) Look, stoop, just do what you are told.
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