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Stumps

To stir one's stumps. To get on faster; to set upon something expeditiously. The stumps properly are wooden legs fastened to stumps or mutilated limbs. (Icelandic, stumpr.)

“This makes him stirre his stumps.”

The Two Lancashire Lovers, (1640).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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