Definition of stir one's stumps in English:

stir one's stumps

phrase

British
informal, dated
  • [often in imperative] (of a person) begin to move or act.

    • ‘Unfortunately, this is one disadvantage to being published by a small press - you pretty much have to stir your stumps and do your own promotion.’
    • ‘Sitting with a beer at the garden table has its merits but we will soon be cold and wet if we don't stir our stumps.’
    • ‘But if you can stir your stumps, avoid the trippery town of Paphos, except for the Roman Villa of the mosaics, and go up to the Vineyards of the Troodos.’
    • ‘‘Too few of us are willing to stir our stumps to be active citizens to work at least for a better society,’ he told the Sydney Ideas audience.’
    • ‘Speaking as a Cornishman, I found it a little off-putting that when I decided to stir my stumps and ‘do’ the Cornwall Coastal Footpath that all the guidebooks were written backwards from my perspective.’
    • ‘Do you think you could stop admiring your manicure, stir your stumps and do it before your mistress comes downstairs for breakfast?’
    • ‘I really must stir my stumps and start advertising, there must be more people on the Peninsula who like to knit and natter.’
    • ‘However, our duties calling us imperatively, we weren't able to stay another night, and because the gate at the entrance to the Sanctuary is closed from 6.30 pm till 6 o'clock in the morning, we had to stir our stumps pretty briskly.’
    • ‘Here, you Matthews, look for sharp and stir your stumps a bit - one would think you were walking in your sleep.’
    • ‘Things are never dull when she stirs her stumps to create a mild uproar in that pompous little town.’
    be quick, look smart, hurry up, speed up
    make it snappy, get cracking, get moving, step on it, step on the gas, rattle one's dags
    get one's skates on
    get a wiggle on
    put foot
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