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1. a rootstock or base of a plant, usually a woody plant, from which shoots, etc., are produced
2. a cluster of shoots growing from such a base
3. Chiefly US a decoy used in hunting
4. waste matter evacuated from the bowels
5. (in W Africa, esp Ghana) a chief's throne


The flat piece upon which a window closes, corresponding to the sill of a door.

packing piece, stool

A block which is used to raise one or more members above others.


1. The flat piece upon which a window shuts down, corresponding to the sill of a door.
2. A narrow shelf fitted across the lower part of the inside of a window opening; butts against the sill.
4. Same as packing piece.
5. A framed support.
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CONCLUSION: 'Private View' falls between two stools as it is neither a novelty humour title, nor a serious examination of the great artists of history - although at times it reads like one.
It actually falls between two stools - the small family runaround and the city slicker - either way you are on to a winner.
At such moments this short book reads more like a self-help manual for aspiring dramatists than a critical study, and is blighted by the timidity of a project that falls between two stools.
But because it winds up as neither a true thriller nor a completely satisfying examination of the central character's ambitions, it falls between two stools dramatically.
Fenn falls between two stools at the moment because he is on the fringe of the first-team but too good for the reserves, so he is not getting enough games at the moment.