One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Support or defend (a person or cause)‘they pick on her and she won't stick up for herself’
support, give one's support to, take the side of, side with, be on the side of, stand by, stand up for, take someone's part, be supportive of, be loyal to, defend, come to the defence of, champion, speak up for, fight forView synonyms
- ‘My guess is that, having stuck up for him in the past, she believed in his innocence because he was never charged.’
- ‘‘I had six older brothers and they always stuck up for me and protected me,’ he said.’
- ‘He knew everything about me and stuck up for me all the time.’
- ‘After all, sticking up for what you believe in can get you into all kinds of scrapes and make you seriously unpopular with the powers that be.’
- ‘They did what most kids would do and stuck up for their parents.’
- ‘My sister was actually sticking up for me, and standing up to our mother.’
- ‘He stuck up for those that were helpless to defend themselves.’
- ‘It's like I don't even know who I'm sticking up for sometimes, who's side I should really be on.’
- ‘She didn't have an easy life, but she stuck up for her community and almost in spite of herself became an effective community leader.’
- ‘The friend, whom I'd stuck up for, did a deal with the police: he agreed to give evidence against me in return for being let off.’
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