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Used in brackets after a copied or quoted word that appears odd or erroneous to show that the word is quoted exactly as it stands in the original, as in a story must hold a child's interest and “enrich his [sic] life.”
Latin, literally so, thus.
verb[WITH OBJECT]sic something on
1 Set a dog or other animal on (someone)‘the plan was to surprise the heck out of the grizzly by sicking the dog on him’
- ‘You know, my agent called me up and said, ‘There's a show they're going to sic dogs on people.’’
- 1.1sic someone oninformal Set someone to pursue, keep watch on, or accompany (another)
- ‘Leah was jealous of how good you were for a beginner, and decided to sic Kat on you.’
- ‘How could this be the same politician who a decade later would sic James Watt on the nation's wilderness and prairies?’
- ‘‘We should sic Chad on her for not liking Lizzie,’ Mark grinned.’
- ‘As usual, I had to sic Timothy on her to get her to tell us anything, much less support her position.’
- ‘‘You say one more word Jane and I'll sic Katrina on you,’ Rafe snarled murderously.’
- ‘‘I swear, I'll never sic Bergman on you again,’ said Ben, between fits of laughter, and me pummelling him with a cushion.’
- ‘If it becomes too terrible I'll sic you on Marvolo, you'd like that, right?’
- ‘It will be interesting to see whom Billy Donovan chooses to sic Brewer on, but whoever it is probably won't have too comfortable a night.’
- ‘But,’ he added, ‘if you keep calling me all these fruity nicknames, I'm going to sic Luci on you.’’
Mid 19th century: dialect variant of seek.
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