black stump


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black stump

n
1. the black stump Austral an imaginary marker of the extent of civilization (esp in the phrase beyond the black stump)
2. NZ a long way off
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There wasn't a 500-yard target visible due to snow, but I found a black stump sticking up from a snow-covered hillside at 505 yards.
Some patterns look good on the shelf, but if you look at them from 50 yards, they look like a black stump.
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The first day of hunting came and went without any sightings of bears, but every noise seemed like a bear and every black stump the same.
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All games will be played with full coloured clothing, black stumps and pink balls.