One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A syringe attached to a long tube, used for extracting the contents of a person's stomach (for example, if they have swallowed poison).
- ‘This year she's gotten me out of more scrapes than usual, and bought us our own home-use stomach pump, so I needed to be extra expressive.’
- ‘Still it was supposed to be the thought that counted, even if they did not own a stomach pump.’
- ‘An eccentric hotel owner is becoming the Basil Fawlty of the Peak District after publicly describing his hotel as ‘dingy’ and recommending that guests who dine there bring a stomach pump.’
- ‘It was the stomach pump that bothered me, not the bleach.’
- ‘She drank steadily from the 1940s, when she was married to a film director, their daughter Liza being the only child who carried her own stomach pump to the studio in case her mother needed assistance.’
- ‘The alarm had gone off a few minutes earlier, having the misfortune to be occurring at the same moment when a patient that had OD-ed on alcohol had been wheeled to the stomach pump.’
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