One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A long, thin implement with a curved end, used to hit or direct the ball or puck in hockey or ice hockey.‘the princess admitted it had been a while since she picked up a hockey stick’
- ‘A mini hockey stick as a memento of the season was given to players.’
- ‘After handing out the new hockey sticks, they divided the boys into two teams and led them in a spontaneous hockey duel.’
- ‘You'll find Lindsay schmoozing with the players about everything from hockey sticks to hotel room beds.’
- ‘Dozens of York primary school children have taken part in their first hockey tournament - eight weeks after picking up a hockey stick for the first time.’
- ‘Since picking up that hockey stick six years ago, Charlotte has sampled her fair share of success.’
- ‘Most hockey sticks are made of either wood or a graphite composite shaft with a wooden blade inserted into the end.’
- ‘Each team member put their signature on a hockey stick, which will be put on display in the Hall of Fame.’
- ‘Another time, unhappy with one of his players, he chased him with a hockey stick.’
- ‘There is more to Bascombe than her accomplishments with a hockey stick.’
- ‘Perhaps the benefits of wooden ice hockey sticks are predominantly psychological, based on the familiarity factor.’
- 1.1 Used in reference to a sharp increase in a variable following a period of little or no change, graphically represented as an upward-curving line resembling the shape of a hockey stick.‘most of the growth was a hockey stick over the last five or six months’as modifier ‘their hockey stick growth testifies to the market demand for their products’
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