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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
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The flat piece upon which a window closes, corresponding to the sill of a door.
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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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Although tremendous flamenco stomping to music by the Gipsy Kings is the loudest part of the experience, it's a close call between that and the sound of a show falling between two stools.
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The book, therefore, is in danger of falling between two stools; it is too uncontextualized (and argumentative) for the neophyte and too succinct and allusive to wholly persuade the specialist in the field.