2018-01-25 / Editorial

Phrase of the week

Up a stump: The expression for being in a difficult situation is a variation of the phrase “up a tree.” It was popularized in Mark Twain’s 1876 classic novel, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” in the fence whitewashing scene when: “Tom went on whitewashing — paid no attention to the steamboat. Ben stared a moment and then said: “Hi-yi! You’re up a stump, ain’t you!”

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