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    #1

    You look like a good type for a stump

    Hi

    What does stump in these sentences mean?
    "You look like a good type for a stump."
    "I'll give you all the supplies you need-- legs, eyes, stumps." Thanks.

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    Re: Help


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    Re: Help

    What's the context? Where did you see this dialogue?

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    Re: You look like a good type for a stump

    Please note that thread titles should include some or all of the words you are querying. I have changed your main thread title to a good one. Titles like "help" don't work because they make it difficult for you/us to spot your posts if we're looking for them again and they don't help other learners who might be searching the forum titles for similar queries.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: You look like a good type for a stump

    It sounds like somebody providing body parts.
    Last edited by MikeNewYork; 22-Aug-2015 at 06:28.

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    Re: You look like a good type for a stump

    If I were in the market for a new limb, I'd be looking for a whole one, not a stump.

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    Re: You look like a good type for a stump

    Perhaps it is all he had.

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    Re: You look like a good type for a stump

    It is from the script of the film Night and the City made in 1950 starring Richard Widmark, Gene Tierney, Googie Withers and Herbert Lom.

    This dark and moody film is set in London and the main character Harry Fabian, played by Richard Widmark, is ambitious but without funds. He strikes up a friendship with a world famous ex-wrestler and his son, and hits upon the idea of controlling the wrestling scene throughout London. In one scene, he is offered half of the £400 that he needs to do this by the owner of the nightclub where his girlfriend sings, but he still needs to find the remaining £200 from somewhere else.

    The next scene shows him going to visit another contact, called Figler, who is essentially a master beggar. Figler co-ordinates a whole range of people who earn money by acting as beggars, and he gives them props for the for part.

    Figler is equipping a new set of beggars as Fabian is talking to him. He says to one perfectly able-bodied man something like "You look the type for a stump" (i.e. a stump will work well for you in your role as a beggar. He then hands the man a wooden leg. The man also holds a sign saying "GASSED. Family to Support."). He actually says "You look like a good type for a stump", but the meaning is the same.

    Figler suggests to Fabian that rather than trying continual get rich quick schemes he should "settle down", and one way of making a good living would be for him to set up his own begging business, and he says "I'll give you all the supplies you need [to get started] -- legs, eyes, stumps".

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_and_the_City

    http://www.script-o-rama.com/movie_s...ty-script.html
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 22-Aug-2015 at 11:46. Reason: Correcting Typos.

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    Re: You look like a good type for a stump


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    Re: You look like a good type for a stump

    Quote Originally Posted by Polyester View Post
    Yes, in the context of the quote it means "the stump of a leg". The man is going to pretend to have a stump so that he can use a special false wooden leg. He will then go out and pretend to be a beggar, to get money from the public.
    Last edited by Eckaslike; 22-Aug-2015 at 11:15.

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