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take the stump

  1. (chiefly US) To make a series of political speeches, especially to promote a particular cause.
    • 1988, James McPherson, Battle Cry for Freedom, Oxford 2003, p. 127:
      Still calling himself a Whig, Lincoln took the stump in behalf of anti-Nebraska candidates for the legislature, hoping that victory would forge a legislative majority to elect him to the U. S. Senate.