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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Visiting all of these sites would take yonks, around half a lifetime tells Evans, and would involve using lots of petrol, shoes, and time travelling beyond the Black Stump and back o' Bourke.
Finding the ideal partner with a casserole or rich beef stew couldn't be made easier with a glass of The Black Stump Durif Shiraz 2013, SE Australia (PS8.99, www.laithwaites.
Some patterns look good on the shelf, but if you look at them from 50 yards, they look like a black stump. Open patterns seem most effective, and even leafy suits work great if they aren't too noisy.
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.
How about a bottle of Silly Mid On from Jim Barry Wines, Brokenwood Cricket Pitch White from the Umpire's Decision Vineyard, or The Black Stump from Casella Wines?
In Australia, if you are "beyond the black stump," then you are a very long way from anywhere!
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.
You'll glass a lot of black stumps, but when you see a bear you'll know the difference from the shine and texture.