The 16-year-old victim, who was from Hazel Green, was driving a 2012 Ford Fusion that left the roadway and struck a tree stump.—Lawrence Specker | Lspecker@al.com, al, 6 Aug. 2023 That may be changing, as instead of standing with Sequoia-like titans like Franklin D. Roosevelt and Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, the Trump sapling is being cut into a stump.—Philip Elliott, Time, 1 Aug. 2023 Here’s what this looks like in pruning away the stump of a branch torn off from a winter storm.—Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, 17 July 2023 On each end of the pitch is a wicket, a set of three stumps and two bails.—Peter Rauterkus, Dallas News, 12 July 2023 In the middle of the state seal, a farmer plows a field, his rifle propped on a nearby tree stump.—Teresa Nowakowski, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Aug. 2023 The sapling that sprouted from the stump now stands about 60 feet.—Tiana Woodard, BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2023 Pegs that mimic old pier pilings can serve as play stumps for smaller children or stepping stones for older kids.—Melissa Breyer, Treehugger, 5 July 2023 The lush trees in these forests were thought to have been instantly killed when struck by saltwater, leaving a forest of tree stumps, which are still visible today, according to the College of Earth and Mineral Science at Pennsylvania State University.—Arianna Johnson, Forbes, 19 Apr. 2023
Still, they are stumped with finding a perfect wedding location that highlights the transitional beauty of the season.—Dominique Fluker, Essence, 19 Sep. 2023 And Tim Scott stumps in the Hawkeye State, while Mike Pence delivers a speech on China in DC.—Mark Murray, NBC News, 18 Sep. 2023 Regardless of who first thought about them, until recently, researchers were stumped by one seemingly easy question about Möbius bands: What is the shortest strip of paper needed to make one?—Rachel Crowell, Scientific American, 12 Sep. 2023 The development came after decades in which police were stumped by the stabbing and slashing death, which left the couple’s 2-year-old wandering alone in the house in West Springfield, Va., for days the weekend before Thanksgiving in 1994.—Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2023 Water-based setting powders are the latest makeup innovation stumping TikTok.—Devon Abelman, Allure, 31 Aug. 2023 Doctors were stumped until Camilleri found a Washington University cardiologist who’d treated patients with similar post-COVID heart trouble.—Lauran Neergaard, Chicago Tribune, 10 Aug. 2023 And these puzzles aren’t just fun for kids, there are plenty of hard riddles that will even stump adults.—Cameron Jenkins, Good Housekeeping, 4 Sep. 2023 Left for politically dead in the summer of 2007, McCain turned around his presidential campaign by stumping for a more aggressive approach to the Iraq War.—Paul Kane, Washington Post, 2 Sep. 2023 See More
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Middle English stumpe; akin to Old High German stumpf stump and perhaps to Middle English stampen to stamp
French or Dutch dialect; French estompe, from Dutch dialect stomp, literally, stub, from Middle Dutch; akin to Old High German stumpf stump