One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Be led by one's own actions to ruin or an unpleasant death.‘behave yourself or you will come to a sticky end!’
- ‘Many others who, in classical times, hungered after gold came to a sticky end.’
- ‘Historically, imperialism always comes to a sticky end, thank God.’
- ‘It was a promising start but the initiative came to a sticky end.’
- ‘He's gonna come to a sticky end if he keeps this up.’
- ‘It wasn't a surprise for Dance to play a character who comes to a sticky end.’
- ‘Apparently in the 33 years they have been parachuting at Cark, only three skydivers have met a sticky end and all were pros doing tricky jumps.’
- ‘History is littered with many an aimless younger sibling who has come to a sticky end through no fault other than the fact that he was the second born.’
- ‘And he doesn't mind playing the ‘bad guy’ who eventually meets a sticky end.’
- ‘One police source said: ‘If they start criminal activities I think they'll come to a sticky end.’’
- ‘And all cowards come to a sticky end, sweetheart, whether you like it or not.’
Top tips for CV writingRead more
In this article we explore how to impress employers with a spot-on CV.