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yummyspringroll
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:37:07 PM

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When someone become morally degraded and do something immoral that they usually wouldn't do to get what they want, they have...
a. stooped so low, OR
b. stumped so low

which expression is correct?

Thank you~

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Hope123
Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 9:48:54 PM

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https://www.thefreedictionary.com/stooped

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Edited - Hi Yummy. It would have probably been better to locate this thread in the Vocabulary sub forum.

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Thank you Hope123~ !

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Hope123
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You are very welcome, Yummy! Love your nom de plume!

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Posted: Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:40:53 PM

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yummyspringroll wrote:
When someone become morally degraded and do something immoral that they usually wouldn't do to get what they want, they have...
a. stooped so low, OR
b. stumped so low

which expression is correct?

Thank you~

It's stooped, not stumped.
thar
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 1:38:21 AM

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To stoop is to bend over, to lower your head down towards the ground.

If someone is moral and honourable you can say they are upright, or upstanding.
There is a connection between moral behaviour and distance from the dirt beneath us.

Good or honourable people are upright, upstanding, stand tall, can hold their head high


So a person who does such bad things stoops so low as to do them. They are down in the dirt, being dishonourable and low.

'Stumped' makes no sense in the modern idiom. It has a few meanings, but none of them fit.
It is a transitive verb - you stump someone, or you're stumped. But it means to set someone a problem they can't solve, or beat a player in the game of cricket by hitting the 'stumps' (a stump is a short post, like what is left when a tree is cut down, so it is the target to hit in cricket)
NancyUK
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 9:38:51 AM

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Hi yummyspringroll

As others have said, one correct version of the idiom is they stooped so low.

However, the idiom that I'm more familiar with is:

They have sunk so low.

I couldn't find this is TFD, but have a look at this link to the Cambridge Dictionary:
Sink so low


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NancyUK
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 2:36:13 PM

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Hi again

TFD seems to have lost or removed the link, so I'll try again:

Cambridge Dictionary

Edit: nope, it's not showing again.

I would live all my life in nonchalance and insouciance, Were it not for making a living, which is rather a nouciance. Ogden Nash
tunaafi
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 3:21:35 PM

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The link appears in both your posts and works for me Nancy.,
georgieporgie
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 4:59:48 PM
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It doesn't work for me, and that happens frequently. Dunno the reason.
Hope123
Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 5:18:21 PM

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Nancy, the links both work for me. And both sink and stoop are words we might use for the same concept. I guess one is action on land and one is in water.

Georgie, you and Romany have the same problem, it seems.

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