Definition of sticking plaster in English:

sticking plaster


  • 1A piece of flexible material with an adhesive backing for covering cuts or small wounds.

    • ‘Virtually covered all over with drips, monitoring wires, sticking plasters, and taking pills and medicines endlessly, he gives what most actors would be proud to say was the performance of their career.’
    • ‘Wearing a huge sticking plaster over her right breast, she upped the stakes again and raised the bar again.’
    • ‘It's not first aid in the sense of a sticking plaster and a bandage.’
    • ‘A simple first aid kit with sticking plasters and greasy dressings will help deal with minor injuries, and petroleum jelly is useful for abrasions.’
    • ‘It is like using a sticking plaster when radical surgery is needed.’
    • ‘Finally the referee handed us some heavy-duty sticking plaster and my opponent wrapped his thumb, then we continued with our match.’
    • ‘He sowed them on and put a thin piece of a shingle on the inside of his hand to support the fingers and applied sticking plasters to the upper side of his fingers.’
    • ‘Those white things, Bambi, are sticking plasters to cover his earrings.’
    • ‘If you had a doctor who kept on dispensing aspirin and sticking plaster to treat an ulcer, you would soon take your business elsewhere.’
    • ‘The thin walled tube had kinked under the sticking plaster.’
    • ‘The bridge of his nose was covered with a sticking plaster and the tip appeared to be scarred, bruised and flaking.’
    • ‘She is met by a nurse as soon as she sets foot through the doors, whisked through treatment in record time, and emerges only minutes later looking as pale and wan as always - but with a small sticking plaster delicately applied to her forehead.’
    • ‘Well, at the time of writing, it is now 36 hours and 21 minutes since I had a cigarette, thanks to a nicotine patch that resembles a sticking plaster designed for a canon ball wound.’
    • ‘He fetched it and passed it to David, who poised the tip above the sticking plaster.’
    sticking plaster, adhesive dressing, dressing, bandage
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    1. 1.1[often as modifier] A temporary and inadequate solution to a serious problem:
      ‘speed cameras may help, but this is a sticking-plaster solution’
      • ‘But last night the Governmen's attempt to show it is committed to tackling congestion was dismissed as "misplaced sticking plaster" by environmentalists.’
      • ‘A telling implication of that entrenchment had been Ireland's tendency to see the UN as " some kind of global sticking plaster ".’
      • ‘But as the number of new top-level domains has expanded over time, this sticking plaster approach has proved unworkable.’
      • ‘Roundabouts and speed cameras may help, but these are sticking-plaster solutions, and are treating the symptoms, not the cause.’
      • ‘She knows what the problems are but she refuses to face them head on, preferring sticking plaster solutions instead.’
      • ‘At best it will lead to piecemeal, sticking plaster measures that will barely work to keep the gears rolling.’
      • ‘Seven thousand African troops sent in to monitor the situation are just a sticking plaster on a gaping wound.’
      • ‘We run around with pieces of sticking plaster instead of dealing with the fundamental problems.’
      • ‘Childcare is not a cheap sticking plaster to cover up sharp economic inequality.’
      • ‘However, critics have dubbed the latest move a costly "sticking plaster solution" that could heap further financial pressure on the cash-strapped service.’
      • ‘At the moment we are using a sticking plaster approach.’
      • ‘They were arrangements designed as political sticking plaster, under which private injuries continued to fester.’
      • ‘It's a sticking plaster solution to a wound that urgently needs to be cleaned up.’
      • ‘Chris Grayling, the shadow home secretary, said: "This looks like yet another top down sticking plaster solution from the Government."’
      • ‘He told BBC Radio Ulster his appointment was " a sticking plaster solution to allow time for negotiation ".’
      • ‘Training isn't a sticking plaster for company ills.’
      • ‘Wagoner's sticking-plaster solution shows the company still has not got to grips with the scale of the problems.’
      • ‘Citizenship education is, at best, a sticking plaster applied to a grievous wound.’
      • ‘Although I suspect that they ended up out there as a sticking plaster to an already fractured relationship.’
      • ‘On Wednesday last week, Gordon Brown delivered a Budget which is little more than a sticking plaster for the General Election.’


sticking plaster

/ˈstɪkɪŋ ˌplɑːstə/