Main definitions of stick in English

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noun

  • 1A thin piece of wood that has fallen or been cut from a tree.

    • ‘With shaking hands you gather twigs and sticks from the firewood basket and coax the last embers of the fire to wake up too.’
    • ‘Ada heard the gunshots in the distance, dry and thin as sticks breaking.’
    • ‘After about half a minute or so of searching, he found what he was looking for: a stick fallen from a tree branch.’
    • ‘He pulled the reins to the side yanking a stick from the tree.’
    • ‘They'd go off looking for fallen sticks - long, thick ones to pile against low-slung branches.’
    • ‘Almost all of the buildings are huts, with roofs made out of thin sticks.’
    • ‘They piled rocks, sticks, and fallen timber to use as walls.’
    • ‘Hayes picked up a fallen stick and twirled it idly between his fingers.’
    • ‘They stood it upright with the help of some remnant pieces of wood, took a stick from the bonfire and lit the fuse before standing back and covering their ears.’
    • ‘He took out his pocket knife and cut a forked stick from a handy tree.’
    • ‘I left him for a moment and shoved a few sticks of wood into the failing fire.’
    • ‘She only offered a gracious giggle before kneeling down to gather nearby sticks and branches for firewood.’
    • ‘It is the sound of sticks being broken for firewood.’
    • ‘Once a man stated that his grandfather would spend days in the woods looking for a suitable dogwood stick, dogwood trees not being common on that part of the coast.’
    • ‘He went back into the trees and brought bigger sticks, laying them in the fire.’
    • ‘She then found a medium-sized branch, and using some long, dry grass, she tied some small pieces of wood to the stick.’
    • ‘All that was there were a few sticks, like tree branches, on the floor, and a couple of rickety benches along two of the walls.’
    • ‘Her clothes were ripped and filthy, and she could feel sticks and leaves stuck in her tangled hair.’
    • ‘Vito was pacing back and forth impatiently, while carrying a long stick from a tree and just whipping it around the air, making that whish sound.’
    • ‘A few sticks of shaved wood brightened the fire, casting flickering shadows onto the cave walls.’
    piece of wood, twig, small branch
    cane, pole, beanpole, post, stake, upright, rod
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  • 2A thin piece of wood that has been trimmed for a particular purpose, in particular.

    1. 2.1A long piece of wood used for support in walking or as a weapon with which to hit someone or something.
      • ‘Although he had lately begun to use a stick on long walks he was clearly on fine form.’
      • ‘She is on morphine, walks with a stick and needs a gall bladder operation.’
      • ‘The two boys fought bravely with their sticks as weapons, and in the end, like always, the young knight won.’
      • ‘The sturdy fighters each wielded rattan sticks that resembled police batons.’
      • ‘A motorist walked with a stick as he took the stand at an inquest to describe a crash that left another driver dead.’
      • ‘Pam walked the course in about an hour using a stick for support because just a week ago she underwent an operation to remove her gall bladder.’
      • ‘He also walks with a stick and suffers from several health complaints.’
      • ‘And yes, they felt free to use weapons such as sticks and horsewhips.’
      • ‘And physical assaults against staff behind the counters ranged from them being pushed around to being hit with weapons, including sticks and crowbars.’
      • ‘During the attack the pensioner, who suffers from heart disease and walks with a stick, was pushed to the ground injuring her knee and thumb.’
      • ‘Men armed with sharpened bamboo sticks led the charge.’
      • ‘They also brought weapons such as sticks and knives and swords.’
      • ‘Then, as the circle of guards got tighter, she realized there was a six-foot long, wood stick lying on the ground, halfway buried in the dirt.’
      • ‘He was walking with a stick and I thought he looked awful and shouldn't have gone back so soon.’
      • ‘She kept up a remarkably active lifestyle despite a leg injury which meant she had to walk with a stick.’
      • ‘He had to be taught how to talk and walk all over again - and even now he has to walk with a stick.’
      • ‘The father of four can only walk with a stick and uses a wheelchair when he leaves the house.’
      • ‘She had a hunchback, a great misshapen hump of bone on her back, and walked with a stick.’
      • ‘She took both hers and Gabriella's fighting sticks and stuck them up against a wall.’
      • ‘The moment the men come close, they raise their sticks and attack them.’
    2. 2.2(in hockey, polo, and other games) a long implement, typically made of wood, with a head or blade of varying form that is used to hit or direct the ball or puck.
      • ‘Purposely beating another player with your stick is essentially the same thing, using a potentially deadly tool of the sport to injure a competitor.’
      • ‘The degree of bending will then influence the angle at which the puck leaves the stick.’
      • ‘The slap shot from the left circle appeared to be deflected by a defenceman's stick.’
      • ‘Max was a center who always seemed to have the puck attached to his stick.’
      • ‘Once you establish position, you must keep your man's stick tied up to keep him from being able to get to the puck - to prevent him from shooting or tipping it.’
      • ‘Skates are often used to kick the ball/puck up to your stick, quite often in limited space between players and the boards, so you don't want the brake to catch when you turn the skate sideways.’
      • ‘He was in New York to welcome the new millennium, but he traveled without his skates and stick.’
      • ‘Though the majority of players use one-piece sticks, the curve of the blade still often requires work.’
      • ‘Hockey pucks and sticks are put away in favor of basketballs and baseballs.’
      • ‘The 10 outfield players can only hit the ball with the flat part of their sticks but the goalkeeper can use any part of his/her body to save.’
      • ‘All that is needed is a pair of inline skates: the club has a supply of full hockey equipment such as sticks, helmets, gloves and pads.’
      • ‘That could leave him open to being hit; it could also make him more likely to clip an opponent, or even a teammate, with his stick.’
      • ‘Keenan glides along, occasionally flipping pucks with his right-handed stick.’
      • ‘If he has to go side to side real quick, he doesn't stack the pads as much as he uses the glove hand or his blocker and stick.’
      • ‘The man should not be playing a game that involves sticks and blades.’
    3. 2.3[usually with modifier]A short piece of wood used to impale food.
      ‘Popsicle sticks’
      • ‘And ah, those golden years in the mid 70s when the last bite of your lolly meant revealing the punchline to a particularly weak joke on the hidden half of the lolly stick.’
      • ‘If I were working on a larger scale I'd use a wooden lolly stick, sharpened appropriately, and dipped into Indian Ink.’
      • ‘That wood goes to make flooring, paneling, furniture and kebab sticks.’
      • ‘Skewer the marshmallow on an extra-long cooking fork or a stick cut from a tree and whittled to a point.’
      • ‘I used to sneak outside with a lolly stick and help them climb back out.’
      • ‘Specialist kitchen shops sell proper wooden lolly sticks, but if you can't find them, simply use a plastic teaspoon as your stick.’
      • ‘A whole fresh apple, on a thin stick, is dipped in high-boiled sugar syrup which has been coloured red; and allowed to set before being wrapped in cellophane.’
      • ‘She strikes me as a no-nonsense gal, the sort of English rose, raised on tea and hockey, who'd be calm in a crisis and know how to make splints out of ice lolly sticks.’
    4. 2.4A piece of basic furniture.
      ‘every stick of furniture just vanished’
      • ‘‘Ceilings have collapsed, floors have been damaged and there is not a stick of furniture anywhere,’ Hine says.’
      • ‘There was ‘not a light fixture, not a stick of furniture, not a picture’ in the manor when he saw it for the first time in January 1988.’
      • ‘There was no television and barely a stick of furniture.’
      • ‘We don't have a sofa, a coffee table, a mirror, a desk - not a stick of furniture to call our own.’
      • ‘His inability to lie means that he has trouble selling a stick of furniture in his position as a salesman with the Jack Jones Office Furniture Company.’
      • ‘It didn't go with a single dish or stick of furniture in the house but she had a purple kitchen.’
    5. 2.5(in field hockey) the foul play of raising the stick above the shoulder.
    6. 2.6Nautical
      archaic A mast or spar.
    7. 2.7British informal Goalposts.
      • ‘Other clubs in the top division are not having the same crises of confidence between the sticks where there is an undisputed number one.’
      • ‘Keeper Damian Ward played admirably between the sticks and was a model of coolness and composure throughout.’
      • ‘It now looks likely he will have to wait for another chance between the sticks.’
      • ‘But for a new wave of teenage Aberdeen supporters, the old fogey between the sticks must be just another member of a depressingly unsuccessful side.’
      • ‘Keeper Kevin Crowley was a tower of strength between the sticks dealing admirably with everything that came his way.’
      • ‘Two minutes later, Rhodes' perfectly-timed pass saw Callaghan on the burst and he put Simon Friend storming to the sticks.’
      • ‘Reports suggest Carter hit the ball over the sticks from fully 70 metres.’
      • ‘Then the 70-minute frenzy began, effectively for the Scots with Norman Campbell of Newtonmore hitting straight over the sticks for an immediate two point lead.’
      • ‘Goddard, the man with the magic touch, could do no wrong and sent the ball straight between the sticks from the touchline.’
      • ‘Barry Marchena made an impressive debut between the sticks on Saturday, but couldn't stop Kingstonian from being bundled out of the FA Cup.’
      • ‘But when it really mattered, and with an air of anticipation filling the ground, Benn calmly slotted the ball straight between the sticks from the left touchline.’
  • 3Something resembling or likened to a stick, in particular.

    1. 3.1A long, thin piece of something.
      ‘a stick of dynamite’
      ‘cinnamon sticks’
      • ‘‘You found him?’ she asked, snatching her arms back with gratitude and reaching into her pocket for a thin stick of nicotine gum.’
      • ‘Incense sticks should be safely burned in incense holders and resins can be burned on small pieces of charcoal in metal burners.’
      • ‘She raised both hands above her head, holding incense sticks, while praying.’
      • ‘If fast food outlets sold tuna salads and sticks of celery there wouldn't be half the problem.’
      • ‘The portraits and incense sticks of the family shrine, built into the wall of one of the rooms, have been replaced by a vase and contemporary pictures.’
      • ‘It's just like somebody threw a couple of sticks of dynamite in there and it exploded upward and fell down.’
      • ‘Two sticks of celery taste so much better washed down with a glass of Chardonnay or two.’
      • ‘Miners threw sticks of dynamite at riot police outside the congress building and the presidential palace.’
      • ‘Wrap cheese sticks and pieces of apple and carrot in a slice of ham.’
      • ‘She knew her typical meals of cheese sticks or fried foods needed to change to get the figure she wanted.’
      • ‘Amelia handed me a stick of gum and put her fingers in her ears.’
      • ‘Sheesh, anyone would think those were real sticks of dynamite…’
      • ‘Inside the napkins were a few carrot sticks and a small piece of bread.’
      • ‘I hesitated only long enough to grab an incense stick and lighter, and was outside in a minute.’
      • ‘From his other bag, where he kept the food, he took a few sticks of cinnamon, a grater, and several apples.’
      • ‘The entire mosque is flushed deep red, its minarets striped with red sandstone and white marble like giant sticks of candy.’
      • ‘Police say the 70 sticks of dynamite were too old and unstable to remove.’
      • ‘He whipped a stick of gum out of his pocket and chewed it violently.’
      • ‘He thought maybe there was a market for something a tad more delicate and easier to eat, so he hired a local meatpacker to develop his thin, dried beef stick.’
      • ‘There are, of course, a few sticks of gum, and I pop one in my mouth as I walk out the room.’
    2. 3.2US A quarter-pound rectangular block of butter or margarine.
      • ‘She squeezed the stick of butter into a fourth of a cup.’
      • ‘I used 1 1/4 sticks butter and that was enough to hold the bread crumbs and nuts together.’
      • ‘I took the opportunity though to shove the stick of margarine into his laughing mouth.’
      • ‘Without measuring, Madeline got out a bowl and added lots of yeast, plus flour, sugar, a stick or so of butter, and quite a few eggs.’
      • ‘Replace high-fat whole milk with 2 percent or skim milk and use soft, tub margarine instead of hard-margarine sticks.’
      • ‘I've seen legs of lamb rotiserried with an entire stick of butter.’
      • ‘Melt the stick of margarine and add the first six ingredients.’
      • ‘What we did is we used some fat-free milk instead of a stick or two of butter in the filling.’
      • ‘Finally you are putting into this mix a whole stick of reduction butter.’
      • ‘She found the stick of butter and put it in the cart.’
      • ‘I pictured the insides of his refrigerator being nothing but an expired carton of orange juice and a stick of butter.’
      • ‘When I made it, I found that one stick of butter wasn't enough.’
      • ‘Massive jaws sliced through his body like a knife through a stick of butter.’
    3. 3.3A conductor's baton.
    4. 3.4A gear or control lever.
      • ‘Imagine being able to land a jumbo jet without ever taking control of the stick.’
      • ‘Crystal was in the middle of the machine holding two sticks that controlled the arms.’
      • ‘The left stick controls your movement forwards and backwards, as well as turns you left and right while R1 and L1 act as your strafe.’
      • ‘On its most basic level attacks are performed with either the A or B buttons in combination with a direction on the control stick.’
      • ‘With that she pushed forward on her control stick and the fighter screamed out of the hangar into space.’
      • ‘One stick controls Max's aim, while the other makes Max move.’
      • ‘This game looks slick and plays like a dream, especially with the use of both analogue sticks controlling speed and direction.’
      • ‘You will need to steer the boat using the analog stick so keep trying to turn left.’
      • ‘The camera can be controlled with the right stick, but it feels limited in certain areas.’
      • ‘The right stick wholly controls the camera, when it's not fixed to a specific point in some areas of the game.’
      • ‘It still had sticks, rather than control yokes, and got most of its performance out of its light weight.’
      • ‘You can even move their heads in the window by pressing the analog stick in any direction.’
      • ‘Before the students take control of the stick, they must spend time getting familiar with situations they may encounter in the sky.’
      • ‘The design is almost exactly as a million schoolboys imagine it - arms with control sticks come out from the pack and fit under my own.’
      • ‘I ram in the clutch, come to almost a dead stop, and slip the stick up to first gear.’
      • ‘Coming up with a peppermint, she gathered the object between two fingers, and brought the stick back into first gear again.’
      • ‘We kept losing the gears - the stick would come off in your hand in 4th and you'd have to make it home like that.’
      • ‘It's manually controlled by the right stick and you'll be adjusting it - constantly.’
      • ‘When chaos was all around him he felt in control behind the stick of his fighter.’
      • ‘The pilot does so and lets go of the control sticks.’
    5. 3.5(in extended and metaphorical use) a very thin person or limb.
      ‘the girl was a stick’
      ‘her arms were like sticks’
      • ‘She wore long leggings that were very loose and made her legs look like sticks.’
      • ‘That girl has nothing on me, what with her wobbly sticks she calls limbs.’
      • ‘There are to many pressures on young girls what with adverts depicting women as thin size 8 waisted sticks as beautiful and glamorous.’
      • ‘The thighs are like sticks, shiny and straight.’
      • ‘She was a twenty-something stick of a girl, who kept staring over at the stage where Jackson was double checking all the instruments.’
      • ‘Cherry lay folded into the corner, arms and legs like sticks.’
      • ‘His legs are like sticks, and it's hard to imagine how they will ever function properly again.’
      • ‘They've got these big lollipop heads and tiny little bodies that look like sticks.’
      • ‘He had blonde hair, like the lady's, green eyes, like the girl's, and was skinny as a stick.’
    6. 3.6A number of bombs or paratroopers dropped rapidly from an aircraft.
      • ‘But the art of this two-track war is more than offering a care-package carrot in lieu of a stick of iron bombs.’
      • ‘Before she had a chance to sip away she was herself attacked by the supply ship's escorts and supporting aircraft, at least one of which dropped a stick of bombs.’
    7. 3.7A small group of soldiers assigned to a particular duty.
      ‘a stick of heavily armed guards’
    8. 3.8informal A marijuana cigarette.
  • 4A threat of punishment or unwelcome measures (often contrasted with the offer of reward as a means of persuasion)

    ‘training that relies more on the carrot than on the stick’
    • ‘In the same spirit, contemporary conservatives approach the family with plenty of moralizing sticks and carrots.’
    • ‘If car makers don't agree to move quickly, Kerry could pull out the stick: the threat of higher fuel-economy standards.’
    • ‘Something needs to be done to improve the percentage turnout but carrots rather than sticks should be the first approach.’
    • ‘Because the fact of the matter is you're going to need some combination of carrots and sticks on the issue of homeland security.’
    • ‘Heaven, of course, is the carrot offered against the stick.’
    • ‘The carrot and the stick, rewards and punishments, are the most effective ways of training animals and humans.’
    • ‘If history is any guide a lot of this diplomacy was doubtless clumsily done, in alternations between proffers of carrots and threats of the stick.’
    • ‘No politician would dare to suggest that we stop paying benefits to those who need them most, so what we offer instead is a stick that looks like a carrot.’
    1. 4.1British informal Severe criticism or treatment.
      ‘I took a lot of stick from the press’
      • ‘I got some severe stick for that, mostly from people who don't take the trouble to read carefully and think about the words.’
      • ‘Bus drivers take a lot of stick from children while doing school runs.’
      • ‘Obviously the manager gets stick, rightly or wrongly, but that's just the way football is.’
      • ‘There's been a lot of stick handed out to individuals and some of it has been quite personal.’
      • ‘However, none of the younger lads have given us too much stick over our ages yet so I reckon we should keep it quiet.’
      • ‘I tell you what, I've been getting a lot of stick about these sandals.’
      • ‘We got quite a lot of stick when we first moved there.’
      • ‘You must have got some stick from team-mates during your playing days?’
      • ‘We take a lot of stick working in the retail trade, a small amount of it justified, a large amount not.’
      • ‘We do get a bit of stick from time to time but most of the English players have a lot of respect for Australians based in Europe.’
      • ‘The much-maligned right winger is used to getting stick.’
      • ‘They normally come in for a lot of stick and criticism from the public.’
      • ‘We'd lost the last match against Scotland the year before and were getting stick for our style.’
      • ‘City councillors take a lot of stick over their transport policy.’
      • ‘They come in for a lot of stick, but we will rely heavily on their courage and independence in the coming weeks.’
      • ‘She was in a room of artists at the time, so got a lot of stick for it, but I felt she was right.’
      • ‘He's a good player who has come in for some unjustified stick but he keeps going and is doing well at Birmingham.’
      • ‘And I got a bit of stick from their fans when I left the pitch, which was out of order.’
      • ‘‘I was getting a bit of stick from the fans so you want to cap your performance off with a goal,’ he grinned.’
      • ‘A few of the guys did give me some stick, teased me, but, really, I did not mind.’
  • 5derogatory, informal Rural areas far from cities.

    ‘a small, dusty town out in the sticks’
    • ‘It was a bit of a drag not getting a lift back, as the yard was out in the sticks on an old farm-site, but he was being well paid and a two-mile walk back into Hemel Hempstead was no big deal.’
    • ‘The people who twenty years ago would have bought a big suburban house are now out in the sticks.’
    • ‘We people who live out in the sticks have a better idea of what could potentially happen, we can foresee the trap.’
    • ‘In this particular collection he tells the story of a young boy who moves to Astro City from out in the sticks, and ends up becoming a sidekick to a superhero, The Confessor.’
    • ‘True, possibly, though my experience of living out in the sticks is that the emergency services are geared to coping adequately with the distances.’
    • ‘The little festival out in the sticks had been catering to the same loyal bunch of bluegrass fanatics for the previous 14 years and doing a fine job of it.’
    • ‘Out in the sticks, another shop owner refines her strategy for coping.’
    • ‘I have one, can't manage out in the sticks without one, but I have absolutely no interest in them beyond that.’
    • ‘Most of them are based out in the sticks, as it were.’
    • ‘Out in the sticks last weekend, the sheep looked like shrivelled prunes on legs.’
    • ‘Two bus-rides and a walk in the rain later we found the old dairy farm, muttering under our breaths about the wisdom of locating such an establishment way out in the sticks.’
    • ‘I'm sure the good folks out in the sticks have known plenty of rich metropolitans in their day.’
    • ‘Now it seems issues can start in the sticks and land on Westminster's doorstep, fully formed.’
    • ‘We managed to hire a 30 ft fibreglass boat which surprised us as we'd expected something a little less grand this far out in the sticks.’
    • ‘You get people like this, groupings like this, and almost, cafes like this when you live out in the sticks.’
    • ‘Here a country girl from the sticks learns to beat the urban, male-dominated FBI at their own game.’
    • ‘If you live out in the sticks or are after specialised items of tackle then mail order is the answer.’
    • ‘If it were out in the sticks, in a provincial town, this place would do a roaring trade.’
    • ‘She is now living out in the sticks so she only works two days a week.’
    • ‘Some of them were really out in the sticks only a few yards from the Old Sea Bank, just a short mud bath away from The Wash.’
    the country, the countryside, the provinces, rural districts, the backwoods, the back of beyond, the wilds, the hinterland, a backwater
    the backcountry, the backland
    the backblocks, the booay
    the backveld, the platteland
    the middle of nowhere
    the boondocks, the boonies, the tall timbers
    woop woop, beyond the black stump
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  • 6dated, informal [with adjective] A person of a specified kind.

    ‘Janet's not such a bad old stick sometimes’
    • ‘Which again, from these tapes you get historical evidence that the queen is not quite the dry old stick that she sometimes is painted to be.’
    • ‘The implication is that he wasn't such a bad old stick.’
    • ‘So stop acting like a dried-up old stick and get with the program.’
    • ‘May left, she was a stout old stick and I knew she would not say anything.’
    • ‘I would like to have found him a wordly-wise old stick, full of reminiscence and able to paint vivid sketches of great men and great occasions.’

Phrases

  • up the stick

    • informal Pregnant.

  • up sticks

    • informal Go to live elsewhere.

      • ‘I think upping sticks and changing directions can be very invigorating.’
      • ‘That is not only because people are contemplating upping sticks.’
      • ‘Alternatively, George may simply up sticks and move on, actually volunteering to leave the house.’
      • ‘I'm unlikely to up sticks and go to a developing country.’
      • ‘When you up sticks and move at such a young age it makes you quite self conscious of your surroundings and makes you question your environment.’
      • ‘But should we worry that Scottish companies might simply up sticks and move to a bigger market in England?’
      • ‘No, the only answer is to up sticks and go elsewhere.’
      • ‘In between, of course, is the story of these truly remarkable artists and how they spurned dancefloor smash after dancefloor smash, year upon year, until the record company bosses upped sticks and fled to L.A., in 1972.’
      • ‘I'm certainly not advocating for anybody else to up sticks and go.’
      • ‘We've all wanted to do it - up sticks and live in the sun.’

Origin

Old English sticca peg, stick, spoon; related to Dutch stek cutting from a plant and German Stecken staff, stick.

Pronunciation:

stick

/stik/

Main definitions of stick in English

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verb

  • 1[with object] Push a sharp or pointed object into or through (something)

    ‘he stuck his fork into the sausage’
    ‘the candle was stuck in a straw-covered bottle’
    • ‘I stuck a fork into one oblong piece and put it in my mouth.’
    • ‘If you disturb one it sticks the barbs on its legs into your skin.’
    • ‘He looks like he's just come from sticking his finger in an electrical socket.’
    • ‘He just kept sticking his finger in the sauce bowl, then taking it out and licking it, then back in the bowl, then more licking.’
    • ‘She glanced over at the small burning candle near and stuck her finger in the wax.’
    • ‘I grabbed my water bottle, stuck my finger in to wet it, and then dripped a small amount on my arm.’
    • ‘He stuck a fork through his foot last Monday.’
    • ‘They took my arm and stuck a needle in it.’
    • ‘Delicately the woman stuck a finger into the water pitcher.’
    • ‘I stuck a fork in it and pulled it out of its shell with a squelchy noise.’
    • ‘They stuck candles in the sand and held hands, chanting Hindu prayers.’
    • ‘She destroyed my collages and stuck sharp objects through my notebooks when Susannah and me weren't around to stop her, which wasn't often, but often enough.’
    • ‘I stuck my fork into another flan, to check whether it was true.’
    • ‘He who showed quick reactions to stick his ice axe into the ground and hung for several minutes.’
    • ‘It's almost like someone sticking a finger into your belly button.’
    • ‘About every 15 minutes, check the ham for doneness by sticking a fork into the meat.’
    • ‘It wasn't that he feared the pain, never that, he just didn't want someone sticking sharp objects into his body if they didn't know what they were doing exactly.’
    • ‘‘Look at the texture on that,’ said Pippin, sticking her finger into my cake.’
    thrust, push, insert, jab, dig, plunge, ram, force
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    1. 1.1Fix something on (a point or pointed object)
      ‘stick the balls of wool on knitting needles’
      • ‘By the time they reach their teens, the kids will probably have exhumed my body and stuck my head on a pike.’
      • ‘His men decapitated an opposition fighter's corpse and stuck his head on a post as a warning.’
      • ‘Once or twice a day the intrepid fisherman ‘runs’ his trot line meaning he gets in a boat and checks the hook dangling beneath each float and if necessary sticks a fresh perch on it for bait.’
      • ‘The recruitment sergeant reputedly stuck a havercake on the top of his bayonet as an enticement for the tykes to enlist.’
    2. 1.2[no object](of a pointed object) be or remain fixed with its point embedded in (something)
      ‘there was a slim rod sticking into the ground beside me’
      • ‘What was also strange was that the arrows were fired on a shallow trajectory but they still stuck into the ground.’
      • ‘He rolled back just in time and icicles skimmed him and stuck into the ground.’
      • ‘Another knife flew through the air, sticking into the ground at Veon's feet.’
      • ‘He stood opposite me, my knife stuck into the ground in front of him.’
      • ‘When they are extricated, one of them is unconscious and has a steel rod sticking into his temple.’
      • ‘Bastian lifted Andy up and brought him into the tent, quickly binding his arms with some rope, to a pole that was sticking in the ground.’
      • ‘Without knowing it, I wrenched at a tube stuck into my wrist.’
      • ‘They'd cleared everything out pretty well; the only things they'd missed were a feather duster in the utility cupboard and a trowel stuck through the rafters in the shed.’
      • ‘It came back down and stuck into the ground right between them.’
      • ‘Little flags on sticks, stuck into the ground around a tree where an informal memorial had been created by visitors.’
      • ‘Then to her surprise, Chris threw the sword and it landed in front of her, sticking in the ground.’
    3. 1.3Insert, thrust, or push.
      ‘a youth with a cigarette stuck behind one ear’
      ‘she stuck out her tongue at him’
      • ‘Chris stuck his arms through the hole and pushed himself up.’
      • ‘Cars stopped as she passed, angry drivers sticking their heads out the windows and cursing at her.’
      • ‘I stuck my tongue out at him and pushed him out of my way.’
      • ‘He stuck his head round the corner.’
      • ‘He pushed harder until he was able to push it open to stick his head through and saw Kat on the floor in front of the door.’
      • ‘I stuck my head round the door to see what was going on.’
      • ‘The girl stuck the cigarette behind her ear like a pen, and pocketed the lighter.’
      • ‘The lady with the pencil stopped tapping it, and stuck it behind her ear.’
      • ‘I felt the urge to stick my tongue out behind their backs but I stopped myself.’
      • ‘John quietly pushed open the door and stuck his head round it.’
      • ‘She shook her head and placed a strand of hair behind her ear before sticking her hand out.’
      • ‘Ally put her cell phone to her ear, sticking her tongue out at her father.’
      • ‘I stuck my tongue out behind her back, chuckling to myself.’
      • ‘There was a knock on her door and she looked up as Sheila pushed it open, sticking her head in.’
      • ‘The woman had lit a cigarette and stuck it between her teeth.’
      • ‘I reached into my backpack to get a pen, and stuck it behind my ear.’
      • ‘When there was no response he pushed it ajar and stuck his head in to look around.’
      • ‘Damian grinned back, took a pink flower and stuck it behind his ear.’
      • ‘She acted as if she were going to kiss him, then, instead, stuck a cigarette between her lips and lit it up.’
      • ‘She poked my stomach and I stuck my tongue out at her and sighed.’
    4. 1.4[no object]Protrude or extend in a certain direction.
      ‘his front teeth stick out’
      ‘Sue's hair was sticking up at all angles’
      • ‘The new mast stuck around nine metres out from the roof and was supported by surrounding cables, but it was closer to local houses than the old one.’
      • ‘There were boards with nails sticking up everywhere.’
      • ‘Her blonde hair was messy, sticking up in all directions.’
      • ‘Sean stepped on a shard of glass that was sticking up from the riverbed.’
      • ‘In the meantime people and children walking in this area of the woods should be careful how they tread since there are many branches sticking up out of the ground.’
      • ‘Alison was covered with bandages and tubes sticking out of her nose.’
      • ‘Taps that had dried up long ago stuck out from the walls and the floor was strewn with garbage.’
      • ‘Because the water in the lake was very low, a couple of huge stones stuck out.’
      • ‘All she could see was old Mary's boots sticking up in the air.’
      • ‘On the way downhill, we pass a house with only the roof sticking up above the lava.’
      • ‘His short hair was now messy, sticking up in different directions.’
      • ‘On the table is a bowl of fruit with two bananas sticking up, one either side.’
      • ‘He had his right hand in a clenched fist with his thumb sticking up.’
      • ‘The naked eye saw only a wire sticking up out of the road.’
      • ‘He looked down and saw a leg sticking up out of heavy briars.’
      • ‘His jet black hair was sticking out all over the place in its usual fashion.’
      • ‘He started across the highway and caught his toe on a piece of asphalt that was sticking up.’
      • ‘The ox's bones were sticking out of their backs.’
      • ‘I inherited my father's chin, which sticks out, but luckily I inherited his sense of humour as well so I can laugh at it.’
      • ‘They also had flat feet and teeth that stuck out.’
    5. 1.5Put somewhere, typically in a quick or careless way.
      ‘just stick that sandwich on my desk’
      • ‘In the end they just stuck me in a mental ward but none of them understood what was really happening inside my head.’
      • ‘The waitress set down a small gas range on the table, stuck an oiled tray on top, and poured on a mixture of greens and spicy chicken.’
      • ‘We stuck our shoes on and went out the back to the car.’
      • ‘I grabbed the computer microphone, stuck it next to the phone and played the voicemail back into it.’
      • ‘Garrett was sitting down at his desk, rereading notes he had found stuck away in a drawer.’
      • ‘Pulling on her gloves Mercy stuck her wallet and house keys in her coat pockets.’
      • ‘Many old computers are stuck up in attics as people don't want to just throw them out.’
      • ‘He sticks the card back on the shelf, shoving it between the smiling clown figurine and the lighted seashell.’
      • ‘Apparently someone stuck the box up on that shelf without telling me and it's been there these five and a half years.’
      • ‘You've turned up the heating, you've stuck an extra sweatshirt on, and still you're shivering.’
    6. 1.6informal Used to express angry dismissal of a particular thing.
      ‘he told them they could stick the job—he didn't want it anyway’
      • ‘The employer - he really deserves to be named - was told in the crudest language possible where to stick the job.’
      • ‘Then got angry and told him where he could stick his job, and put the phone down, vowing that I was never going to speak to him again.’
      • ‘I very nearly told her to stick her job, but remembered that I was going to need it to pay for the material for the costumes.’
      • ‘I would have loved to tell Markie to stick his jobs.’
      • ‘She replied that if he really thought that, he could stick his job.’
    7. 1.7informal Cause to incur an expense or loss.
      ‘she stuck me for all of last month's rent’
      • ‘They're sticking him for $2 grand, baselessly claiming it's his fault.’
      • ‘They have stuck me for $50.’
      • ‘The settlement sum was, according to reports, in the six figure bracket which means poor Conor was stuck for between €100,000 and €999,999.’
      • ‘He stuck me for thousands of dollars.’
    8. 1.8Stab or pierce with a sharp object.
      ‘he screamed like a stuck pig’
      • ‘I was in the country and was entirely occupied with running down hares, and sticking salmon.’
      • ‘If you stick a pig it squeals.’
  • 2[no object] Adhere or cling to a substance or surface.

    ‘the plastic seats stuck to my skin’
    ‘if you heat the noodles in the microwave, they tend to stick together’
    1. 2.1[with object]Fasten or cause to adhere to an object or surface.
      ‘she stuck the stamp on the envelope’
      • ‘I even stuck some posters on the wall.’
      • ‘‘There,’ he says softly, sticking the medical tape over the end of the bandage to keep it in place.’
      • ‘Write your message on a post-it-note and stick it where it is sure to be found.’
      • ‘I stuck little notes on my bedroom mirror and my computer monitor.’
      • ‘He uses a laser printer to add specific information about the specific honey in question to his preprinted honey labels and then sticks the labels on the jars.’
      • ‘On the inner side, after applying the glue, stick a layer of thin cardboard on the corner.’
      • ‘The traffic police had checked the three-wheelers for essential documents and as a sign-off message stuck their stickers on the vehicles.’
      • ‘In the past, builders usually stuck them on with a little patio cement and that was it.’
      • ‘If you aren't keen on sewing a puppet's features in place, stick them on instead.’
      • ‘Get a glue gun and stick some sequins on a pair of flip flops.’
      • ‘A traffic warden is skulking around and has just stuck a ticket on the car next to me.’
      • ‘Alternatively, you could cover the outside of the vase in double-sided adhesive tape, then stick large leaves vertically around it.’
      • ‘He then asked if he could borrow some tape to stick some papers together.’
      • ‘He stuck labels on jars to earn a living and slept in a rat-infested warehouse in the slums of London.’
      • ‘I am about to stick a 1st class stamp on the envelope when I have the nagging feeling that it might weigh more than the 60g maximum.’
      • ‘I ran into Gill the other day sticking up posters.’
      • ‘He stuck a big sticker on it saying ‘Do not use’.’
      • ‘It's not a very glamorous job but at least it was better then my old job which was sticking price tags again and again on canned food.’
      • ‘We've stuck little instruction labels to their computers.’
      • ‘He had left before Helen moved back, but stickers were stuck on to her windows and protesters with loud hailers shouted slogans outside her home.’
    2. 2.2Be or become fixed or jammed in one place as a result of an obstruction.
      ‘he drove into a bog, where his wheels stuck fast’
      • ‘The sword stuck fast in a crack in between two of the stone blocks.’
      • ‘A large bag fell off the pallet and became stuck under one of the wheels of the fork lift truck.’
      • ‘Frustrated, she yanked on the last drawer, but it seemed stuck.’
      • ‘Three miles distant from the jetty the steamer stuck fast.’
      • ‘While practicing on one of them, he noticed that mechanics of one of the keys, a high C, had gotten stuck, emitting a fixed drone.’
      • ‘The ship struck the Tricolor at 7.30 yesterday evening and became stuck fast.’
      • ‘The tow truck driver who eventually towed the truck out testified it had to be towed out of the ditch because the left front wheel was down in the mud and stuck.’
      • ‘His vehicle became stuck and after he exited he discovered his right front wheel was mired in a hole and the tire was flat.’
      • ‘She stuck fast, despite running her engines full astern.’
      • ‘While she was there, aged 16, she watched whaling boats set out on the North Sea, and heard reports of one becoming stuck fast in the ice.’
      • ‘After a nightmarish afternoon when I became stuck fast while walking through mud, and tumbled forward into the thick of it, I now discover that wellies are dangerous.’
      • ‘Finally, on January the 19th, the ship became stuck fast.’
      • ‘The 264 ft ship with her 42 ft beam just missed the lighthouse, but the wind and waves drove her high on the rocks, where she stuck fast.’
      • ‘The dresser drawer stuck when I pulled it open, and the small thing seemed to infuriate me.’
      • ‘Is that drawer in the bathroom vanity still sticking, despite trying to lubricate it with toothpaste?’
      • ‘Right in front of me, just below the ledge, is a second chockstone the size of a large bus tire, stuck fast in the three-foot channel between the walls.’
      • ‘At about nine o'clock, the first vehicle topped a ridge, hit a patch of soft sand and stuck fast.’
    3. 2.3Remain in a static condition; fail to progress.
      ‘he lost a lot of weight but had stuck at 210 pounds’
      • ‘After giving birth to her second son, Connor, in 1997, Sharon found she was stuck on 13 stone until a neighbour suggested she join in a sponsored slim for charity.’
      • ‘He goes on to point out that from being stuck on 128 points for some years in the early 1990's, Borris climbed to a position of 203 points in 1999.’
      • ‘When they get to a certain level, they get stuck because they need to be employed to progress further and no one wants to employ them.’
      • ‘But the play ultimately fails, stuck somewhere between limp satire and B-grade existentialism.’
      • ‘The soccer star is stuck on 99 goals for Liverpool.’
      • ‘He's been stuck on 14 Grammies now for a while; it's possible he's concerned that the famous singers who once lined up outside his studio door are now courting the new kid in town.’
      • ‘Hospital consultants have been accused of deliberately failing to tell patients stuck on waiting lists that they are entitled to free treatment elsewhere.’
      • ‘Since then, he's been stuck on 249 career goals during a barren spell comprising 13 games.’
      • ‘Competition is keen in this particular category as it is an industry stuck firmly in the 1950s.’
      • ‘No one gave any thought to Jon Sieben, a 5-9 Aussie with a best of 2: 01, a time at which he'd been stuck for three years.’
      • ‘A breakthrough or turnaround is possible in personal, family and professional situations that may have been stuck or blocked for some time.’
      • ‘I had been stuck on 19 league goals for a number of weeks, so it was good to get that elusive 20th goal.’
      • ‘Last week the bidding had stuck at €299,000.’
      • ‘Existing customers are likely to be stuck on 7% interest even after last week's 0.25% rate cut.’
      • ‘The fear expressed by the narrator that the story is stuck and will never be able to progress to a proper ending mirrors Ambrose's similar fear that he will be trapped in the funhouse forever.’
      • ‘Firstly salaries often get stuck at certain levels, therefore forcing people to move South or in my case abroad to find work.’
      • ‘They need to boost their vote from the 9% where it has been stuck for a while.’
      • ‘From levels of 45-50 percent, where it had been stuck for decades, the homeownership rate rose to 64 percent by 1965.’
      • ‘The party has not recovered from its disastrous general election performance and is stuck on about 22 per cent public support.’
    4. 2.4informal Be or become convincing, established, or regarded as valid.
      ‘the authorities couldn't make the charges stick’
      ‘the name stuck and Anastasia she remained’
      • ‘Literary critics described these works as muscular Christianity, and the name stuck.’
      • ‘But will the charges stick, and are America's boardrooms now squeaky clean?’
      • ‘However, despite her best efforts, the name stuck and soon spread.’
      • ‘The advert was soon forgotten, but the name stuck.’
      • ‘The captain named the house the Retreat, but the name never stuck and by 1853 it was known as St David's.’
      • ‘At parliamentary party meetings, the charge has stuck - partially at least.’
      • ‘When they were little, I told them, ‘Only boring people can be bored,’ and the notion stuck.’
      • ‘The new name didn't stick, and it's still referred to as Oxford Park.’
      • ‘Of course the idea didn't stick and people quickly began to discern between real skill with a camera and the average - Joe photo.’
      • ‘He renamed it the Fairfield yard - a name that was to stick until 1968.’
      • ‘In many cases, these first impressions stick and can be very hard to change.’
      • ‘The charges against him won't stick, but the chilling effect it will have on other researchers will.’
      • ‘That notion stuck, and public support for food programs waned.’
      • ‘These judges and their interpretation of law and of the Constitution will stick, for decades.’
      • ‘The name stuck; soon came a website, and 4000 members.’
      • ‘Despite lengthy investigations, neither charge was made to stick, although he was reproached by the chairmen of both inquiries.’
      • ‘The evidence against him is probably enough to make charges stick.’
      • ‘The name stuck and was later officially recognized by the Air Force.’
      • ‘The very brightest stars in the sky were named many, many years ago and these names have stuck.’
      • ‘But at some point the dedication, discipline and thrill of competition stuck and he was hooked.’
    5. 2.5(in blackjack and similar card games) decline to add to one's hand.
      • ‘In card games, the quandary is often whether to stick or twist.’
      • ‘When you have split your hand, you play the two hands one after the other - once you have stuck or gone bust on the first hand you play the second one.’
  • 3Be fixed in a particular position or unable to move or be moved.

    ‘Sara tried to open the window but it was stuck’
    ‘we got stuck in a traffic jam’
    ‘the cat's stuck up a tree’
    • ‘He was getting bored being stuck in one position for so long.’
    • ‘A cat had got stuck up a ten-foot telephone pole.’
    • ‘Alexis tried to pull the window open but it was stuck.’
    • ‘My mind and body screamed at me but I was stuck, unable to move.’
    • ‘While climbing out of the window, his neck got stuck and it appears he was unable to breathe and suffocated.’
    • ‘Halfway through, he got stuck and, unable to go forward or back, eventually died of asphyxiation.’
    • ‘I can't change anything, I'm stuck here in this rut.’
    • ‘There are times when we play a shot and our feet are not in position or we get stuck.’
    • ‘But, alas, I was sad to be stuck once again in horrific traffic.’
    • ‘For what seemed like ten minutes I turned my finger this way and that, pushed, pulled, twisted and shook, but I was stuck fast, and if anything it was getting worse.’
    • ‘Nick probably hears worse from the little ladies whose cats get stuck up trees.’
    • ‘Barton Swing Bridge at Eccles was stuck in the open position yesterday after the high temperatures caused metal to expand.’
    • ‘The container had toppled over when the lorry carrying it got stuck in mud.’
    • ‘Her legs and her right arm were still paralyzed, so she was stuck in her sitting position.’
    • ‘I got as close as I could, then got stuck and couldn't move.’
    • ‘People don't want to be stuck in traffic or commuting long distances.’
    • ‘I struggled to raise the window which appeared to be stuck.’
    • ‘You've been stuck in the same position for so long that you're a little cramped up.’
    • ‘It seems the cat had been stuck there for 12 days.’
    • ‘My bedroom window is stuck and I need someone to un-stick it.’
    1. 3.1Be unable to progress with a task or find the answer or solution to something.
      ‘I'm doing the crossword and I'm stuck’
      • ‘If I get stuck on one project, I just move over to something else.’
      • ‘It was actually something I was stuck on for a while and I had to ask a bunch of people about it.’
      • ‘If you get stuck on one, move on to another and try to figure it out later.’
      • ‘I stopped because it looked like Elijah was stuck on how to spell a word.’
      • ‘I have completed thirty nine but I am stuck on the last one.’
      • ‘Should one get stuck on a puzzle, before looking at the solution there is the option of consulting the hints section.’
      • ‘On the train back, Steve and I raced each other to do the puzzles in consecutive issues of Metro, but I'm hopeless at crosswords and got stuck on mine after two clues.’
      • ‘My brother in law, who fancies himself as a bit of a genius at crosswords had a go and got stuck.’
    2. 3.2informal [with adverbial of place]Be or remain in a specified place or situation, typically one perceived as tedious or unpleasant.
      ‘I don't want to be stuck in an office all my life’
      • ‘I hate being stuck indoors, almost as much as I hate cleaning and cooking.’
      • ‘When I'm stuck at home the days, pleasant as they may be, run in to one another and lose their distinction one from the other.’
      • ‘Mr Carr said: ‘If people have been stuck indoors for years and years it's going to have a very poor effect on their mental health.’’
      • ‘The book is an easy-going page turner that will help you pass the time if you are stuck at an airport.’
      • ‘Of the total force of 12,000, how many are stuck behind desks?’
      • ‘Instead, I was stuck in my little dorm room, answering the phone every time it rang in case it was Clay.’
      • ‘We're stuck at home on a beautiful day waiting for the gas man to show up so we can cook again.’
      • ‘You call your wife to tell her you are stuck at a meeting; she bangs the phone down on you and you go red with rage.’
      • ‘It looked like he was going to be stuck at work again until late, so my plans with him were more than likely off.’
      • ‘Of course, everyone knows that on the most crisp and beautiful of days, everyone must be stuck indoors.’
      • ‘During her childhood, she had been stuck indoors learning social etiquette, among other things, with her older sister Emma.’
      • ‘The Spanish fishing industry says its boats are all stuck at port unable to do their job.’
      • ‘Amazingly I found myself laughing along with the group, even if the only reason I remained was because I was stuck at the far end with no escape.’
      • ‘They were stuck twiddling thumbs on a cold beach next to a military complex for two weeks.’
      • ‘I've been stuck indoors for almost a month now and good company or not, the cats can get a little monotonous in their demands.’
      • ‘What she wanted to be was out in the field, but since organizing the special police unit nicknamed the Chasers, she had been firmly stuck behind a desk.’
      • ‘So while I'm stuck at home, I thought I would finally read the manifestos of all the major parties ready for today's voting.’
      • ‘Fortunately he fancied the river, as it had been blazing sunshine all day and I was sick of being stuck indoors.’
      • ‘For better or for worse, the rains are making sure you're stuck at home.’
      • ‘I am so sick of being stuck indoors or running from heating building to car to next heated building.’
    3. 3.3Be at a loss for or in need of.
      ‘I'm not usually stuck for words’
      • ‘Lea was stuck for what to do next - she could go home, stay at my place (I offered her my bed, I was going to sleep on the floor) or go to her parent's place.’
      • ‘So they were stuck for an actor to do two sketches: they were practically stopping cleaners to ask them to do them, but then some kind soul suggested me.’
      • ‘I was stuck for something to drink, and bored with the usual beer or red wine, so Tracy suggested vodka and fresh orange.’
      • ‘Mary was stuck for words (the first time in forty years).’
      • ‘Have you ever been stuck for something to wear to complete an outfit?’
      • ‘Because they were stuck for time, Mr Jeffers stopped only briefly before heading off north on the N78.’
      • ‘It was perhaps the only time in his life that he was stuck for words.’
      • ‘The old regulars had switched pubs when the bikers arrived, and the landlord was stuck for customers.’
      • ‘As I was stuck for subjects, I decided to go off and seek out new ones.’
      • ‘I was stuck for a costume for Short Tony's Hallowe'en party.’
      • ‘I was stuck for a theme, and there's no point forcing it.’
      • ‘If Cavan County Council gives Quinn the go-ahead to demolish his house, he won't be stuck for somewhere to stay.’
      • ‘Basically I was stuck for what to call this.’
      • ‘The larger colleges were full up to capacity, while the smaller ones, which would have the capacity to take in more teaching students were stuck for additional resources.’
      • ‘I think it was because the kids were on half-term and were stuck for things to do.’
      • ‘The mother-of-two, from Driffield, finished writing the lyrics but was stuck for any music until she met musician Gary Luntley in August.’
      • ‘So whenever I was stuck for reading material, I picked up The Murder at the Vicarage.’
      • ‘In the old days, if I was stuck for column ideas, I could simply reach into the Pile, pulling out movies at random.’
      • ‘During a session, while arranging a song, Stephin was stuck for a phrase.’
      • ‘I did well enough in science to get to university and finished the first part and then I was stuck for money.’
    4. 3.4informal Be unable to get rid of or escape from.
      ‘like it or not, she and Grant were stuck with each other’
      • ‘I hated the amount of work that I was always being stuck with.’
      • ‘This could go some way to rid them of the ‘misery’ tag that they have been stuck with since the release of their debut album, The Optimist.’
      • ‘It was lucky, I thought, that Kathy and Ken were complete polar opposites, because if I had been stuck with two Ken's throughout this I would have gone mad.’
      • ‘We didn't know the place and we were stuck with this dog.’
      • ‘They were stuck with around 1,000 dumped refrigerators they could not dispose of.’
      • ‘He finds it a confounded nuisance, and this is a matter that, of course, he will be stuck with.’
      • ‘Lots of the doubt and anxiety I've been stuck with over the last few months has disappeared completely.’
      • ‘This is the unfair impression Williams feels he has been stuck with, through no dealings of his own.’
      • ‘This movie was her first effort to stretch beyond the sweet girl typecasting she had been stuck with.’
      • ‘And if you have ever been stuck with more than a couple pre-schoolers with a full day to kill, you know that kids that age have another speed that humans of other ages do not.’
      • ‘He says a corporation gives up a degree of flexibility by going with one suite and runs the very real risk of being stuck with one or more pieces of second-tier software.’
      • ‘It will be stuck with below par growth for the foreseeable future as it is forced to come to terms with the slump in the high technology sector, he said.’
      • ‘The farmers were stuck with over 7,000 of 50 kg bags of maize.’
      • ‘I smiled sympathetically, but was more worried about who I was going to be stuck with.’
      • ‘I almost felt sorry for Kyleigh, having to be stuck with all those guys.’
      • ‘But whatever it is, it's something that I will be stuck with for the rest of my life, and something I will never be able to escape from.’
      • ‘But if customers don't bite, he could be stuck with more than a few air purifiers after the holidays.’
      • ‘The town is stuck with the same old ramshackle building.’
      • ‘I was stuck with three total strangers.’
      • ‘Unexpectedly, Tobi was stuck with two young boys to take care of.’
    5. 3.5informal Be infatuated with.
      ‘he's too good for Jenny, even though she's so stuck on him’
      • ‘I am really stuck on him and my heart is entirely dedicated to him.’
      • ‘She's been very direct with him, tried everything she can think of, but he's completely stuck on her.’
      • ‘He never wants to lead me on, but because of that, I’m stuck on him.’
  • 4British informal [often with negative] Accept or tolerate (an unpleasant or unwelcome person or situation)

    ‘I can't stick Geoffrey—he's a real old misery’
    • ‘I really can't stick her.’
    • ‘‘I can't stick it any longer,’ he wrote.’
    • ‘If you really can't stick him and you really don't want him anywhere near your big day, it might be worth upsetting her a little bit.’
    tolerate, put up with, take, accept, stomach, swallow, endure, bear, support, brook, submit to, take something lying down
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    1. 4.1Put up with or persevere with something difficult or disagreeable.
      • ‘A lesser man might have buckled, but Buckley stuck it out.’
      • ‘I stuck it out until Sunday, when breathing became difficult.’
      • ‘We were in for the long haul - if it had taken ten years we would have stuck it out.’
      • ‘He told his wife he would stay and stick it out.’
      • ‘He is going to be national champion if he sticks it out.’
      • ‘But they stuck it out, and come spring, the survivors marched out of Valley Forge eager to fight the British.’
      • ‘She got into show business when it was hard going to be an actress and she stuck it out.’
      • ‘Ten, even five years ago I would probably have stuck it out until the bitter end, just because I was afraid of missing out on something.’
      • ‘I would be very unhappy if I was to live my life being an engineer, but I stuck it out because I didn't want to let my parents down.’
      • ‘Despite atrocious weather, they stuck it out through the night for their shot at fame.’
      • ‘Kathy says that despite the threats and intimidation, she and Dennis stuck it out on the farm for so long because it was their home, their livelihood and they had faith that things would turn out okay.’
      • ‘Almost 1200 supporters had travelled to back them, but only a fraction stuck it out until full-time.’
      • ‘Defeat appeared to be looming 18 months ago, but he stuck it out and won.’
      • ‘For five years he stuck it out, attending flight school where he learned to pilot helicopters, and he completed a three-year tour of duty in West Germany.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, he understood the importance of the day, and stuck it out even though it was stifling hot in the un-air-conditioned auditorium.’
      • ‘He often wondered at the wisdom of his decision, but nevertheless stuck it out, convinced that one day things would change.’
      • ‘Love ends when one or both of you refuse to stick it out, especially when difficulties arise.’
      • ‘But working in television can also be exciting, different and ultimately rewarding - if you stick it out and stay determined.’
      • ‘Six of us stuck it out for the whole four hours, including Alison and myself.’
      • ‘They didn't always see eye to eye for much of the going and they sure had their ups and downs - god knows - but, nevertheless, they stuck it out together.’

Phrases

  • get stuck in (or into)

    • informal Start doing (something) enthusiastically or with determination.

      ‘we got stuck into the decorating’
      • ‘My mother always encouraged her daughters to get stuck in and help out around the house.’
      • ‘Our performance last night was a massive improvement on last week, the boys got stuck in and you can't fault their commitment.’
      • ‘Our colleagues are looking forward to getting stuck in and really making a difference.’
      • ‘I still know a few of the teachers there so I am really looking forward to getting stuck in.’
      • ‘In spite of weeks of arduous campaigning, she is buzzing with energy and raring to get stuck in to her political career.’
      • ‘Down on the foreshore the volunteers were getting stuck in and, quite literally, getting their hands dirty.’
      • ‘One couple come regularly, and he gets stuck in to farm work while she sits in the garden and reads a book.’
      • ‘Parents stay to give their children encouragement and often got stuck in to the work too if there are enough spare materials.’
      • ‘The students really got stuck in and the way they responded showed in these exam results.’
      • ‘If there's a problem or an issue needs tackling, she just can't help rolling up her sleeves and getting stuck in.’
      get down to, make a start on, embark on, set about, go about, get to work at, get to grips with, tackle, set one's hand to, throw oneself into
      have a crack at, have a go at
      commence
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  • stick at nothing

    • Allow nothing to deter one from achieving one's aim, however wrong or dishonest.

      ‘he would stick at nothing to preserve his privileges’
      • ‘This is what generally ruins great states - when each party will stick at nothing to overcome its opponents, and having done so, takes vengeance on them without mercy.’
      • ‘She will stick at nothing to achieve her ambitions.’
      • ‘A moment afterwards she has reason to regret her magnanimity, for she has to deal with a villain who will stick at nothing.’
      • ‘Against a class of men who themselves stuck at nothing, everything was held to be permissible.’
      • ‘He was resolved to stick at nothing for the securing and advancing of his honour and power.’
      • ‘He stuck at nothing, either to advance his satellites or to destroy his enemies.’
      • ‘Lacking all self-restraint, they stuck at nothing to gain their ends, and both sides made ruthless use of any successes they won.’
      • ‘He would stick at nothing to defend me from the violence of his bloodthirsty accomplices.’
  • stick 'em up!

    • informal Hands up! (spoken typically by a person threatening someone else with a gun)

      • ‘‘Stick 'em up,’ he rasped as he approached from behind.’
      • ‘‘Stick 'em up!’ they yelled in unison.’
      • ‘‘Stick 'em up,’ she said. He did. ‘Take off the jacket, real slow.’’
  • stick in one's mind (or memory)

    • Be remembered clearly and for a long time.

      ‘one particular incident sticks in my mind’
      • ‘I see nothing improbable in such an important matter for Orion sticking in his memory.’
      • ‘The photo of the gun stuck in my mind.’
      • ‘What sticks in my mind is a meeting about the struggles in the car industry.’
      • ‘Two events only from our visit stick in my memory.’
      • ‘Nothing sticks in my mind in terms of what the correct answer is to anything.’
      • ‘The daily 8 am meetings stick in my memory.’
      • ‘The images of human beings callously slaughtered will stick in my mind for a long time.’
      • ‘Withering criticism can stick in our minds for a long time.’
      • ‘Despite the findings of official American investigations, however, the rallying cries stick in our minds.’
      • ‘The hum of the bombers is stuck in my mind.’
  • stick in one's throat (or craw)

    • 1Be difficult or impossible to accept; be a source of continuing annoyance.

      • ‘And it just sticks in one's craw that she's being prosecuted for lying about a crime that she was not charged with.’
      • ‘‘If we have to buy the stadium back, it would stick in my throat because I don't want to give Barr one penny more, but such a clause would at least give us hope of getting rid of him,’ Taylor added.’
      • ‘One thing that stuck in my throat at Chelsea was young players not realising how privileged they were to be earning huge sums.’
      • ‘It is not atheists who get stuck in my craw, but agnostics.’
      • ‘It sticks in my throat to think that there is still someone out there who committed this crime…’
      • ‘Several things about this turn of events stuck in my craw.’
      • ‘Regardless of the politics, that obtuseness sticks in my craw.’
      • ‘But making billions while your shareholders lose their shirts, and your workers lose their jobs, sticks in our craw.’
      • ‘That's what sticks in my craw and should stick in the craw of everyone in Scotland.’
      • ‘I also remember an incident that to this day still sticks in my craw.’
      1. 1.1(of words) be difficult or impossible to say.
        ‘she couldn't say “Thank you”—the words stuck in her throat’
        • ‘He wished he could say more, but the words just stuck in his throat.’
        • ‘Words stuck in his throat, leaving him without anything to say.’
        • ‘She almost managed to get the words out but they stuck in her throat.’
        • ‘The words will not form in my mouth, as they are stuck in my throat, because they speak truth so honest, my heart will not let them go.’
        • ‘Later in the empty chapel of St Martin-in-the-Fields, confused over who I've actually encountered, I weep in thrall but prayer sticks in my throat.’
        • ‘Furthermore, as much as it sticks in my throat to say so, he has probably got it right.’
        • ‘Maybe there is something you are trying to say that keeps getting stuck in your throat.’
        • ‘I blinked in response as the words stuck in my throat.’
        • ‘But somehow, the question gets stuck in your throat.’
        • ‘We looked around the candle-lit garden, further words sticking in my throat.’
  • stick it to

    • informal Treat (someone) harshly or severely.

      • ‘Nor would I have known that there are people who think they're sticking it to the man by getting paid 90 bucks an hour to dive into a radioactive-materials storage pool and clean it.’
      • ‘So file sharers should remember that they're not just sticking it to the record companies; they're sticking it to the folks who actually buy their music.’
      • ‘He had just the right touch of the defeated man, proud of his son for sticking it to the government.’
      • ‘We just can't resist an opportunity to stick it to the president.’
      • ‘It will take more than fiery speeches about sticking it to the man to penetrate this mindset.’
      • ‘He got me on to the floor and stuck it to me good and proper.’
      • ‘In a closed meeting, he stuck it to the Internet gambling site's rep and lawyer, by threatening to go to the press with the fact they let a minor run up so much debt.’
      • ‘The opposition party isn't slow to spot a chance to stick it to the competition by calling in the vice squad.’
      • ‘I think it was an attempt to really stick it to people who don't agree with those values.’
      • ‘In the end you are also sticking it to every man and woman who works behind the scenes to make sure that art gets produced and put out to the public.’
  • stick one (or it) on

    • informal Hit (someone)

      • ‘I think there's every chance he could go back to the Manchester United training ground and stick one on his old team mate.’
      • ‘He was first recorded as stating that he had ‘stuck one on’ Mr Dixon, but later claimed he had just pushed him.’
      • ‘It would have been easy for me to go out there and stick one on him because that is what I wanted to do.’
      • ‘We were much amused by shots of a great huge fat man trying to stick one on the president.’
  • stick one's neck out

    • informal Risk incurring criticism or anger by acting or speaking boldly.

      • ‘Unfortunately he is sticking his neck out without realising the consequences.’
      • ‘Every six months or so Declan sticks his neck out and is shown to be incorrect.’
      • ‘He was warm, gentle and considerate, always sticking his neck out for others, and I think it would be good for him to be honoured in that way.’
      • ‘You stuck your neck out when others kept their heads down and their mouths shut.’
      • ‘I might be sticking my neck out, but I would like to suggest that we might just be on the cusp of momentous change.’
      • ‘‘There's a feeling that there's retribution to come if you stick your neck out,’ Angus said.’
      • ‘These writings revealed a first-rate sensibility, a critic ready to stick his neck out and make the necessary judgments, sometimes with acerbity, often with a humorous irony.’
      • ‘As I half anticipated, he did not wish to stick his neck out and implicitly criticise rugby.’
      • ‘Why stick your neck out when you run the risk of offending someone who has the power to slate your most recent journal article, provide a damning review of your book, or leave you off a shortlist?’
      • ‘‘But with innovation sometimes you just have to stick your neck out,’ he argues.’
  • stick out a mile

  • stick out like a sore thumb

  • stick to one's guns

    • Refuse to compromise or change, despite criticism.

      ‘we have stuck to our guns on that issue’
      • ‘Women now also recognise the need to stick to their guns when they are criticised by men.’
      • ‘Despite the criticism, the archbishop stuck to his guns.’
      • ‘It made him think that force was a suitable way of dealing with tricky problems, and that if you stuck to your guns and ploughed on, you would end up as a hero.’
      • ‘She is sticking to her guns and point blank refusing to send him anywhere else.’
      • ‘He will stick to his guns, despite all the mounting evidence.’
      • ‘Management staff from both teams pleaded with him to continue but he stuck to his guns and abandoned the National Conference One fixture.’
      • ‘Peers should be open to compromise, but they should also stick to their guns on the important issues.’
      • ‘Labour MPs determined to shoot down controversial plans for variable university top-up fees are poised to stick to their guns, despite last-ditch compromise proposals from the Government.’
      • ‘He stuck to his guns and again insisted he could do nothing to help himself.’
      • ‘He's his own man, doesn't compromise his principles to achieve cheap popularity, but sticks to his guns.’
      persevere, continue, carry on, go on, keep at it, keep on, keep going, keep it up, not give up, be persistent, be determined, follow something through, see something through, show determination, press ahead, press on, plod on, plough on, stay with something, not take no for an answer
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  • stick to one's ribs

    • (of food) be filling and nourishing.

      ‘a bowl of soup that will stick to your ribs’
      • ‘Because they had to do hard manual work from early till late, they needed good food that would stick to their ribs.’
      • ‘Especially in winter, birds need a meal that will stick to their ribs.’
      • ‘It's also the sheer size of the cakes that makes them stick to your ribs (and thighs, abs, and hips).’
      • ‘I like my gossip the same way I like my pancakes: so sweet and hot they stick to your ribs.’
      • ‘Purely utilitarian, it was stuff made to stick to one's ribs and keep them fed, happy and warm against winter's bitter chill.’
      • ‘It was the kind with the thin noodles, and not the thick ones that stick to your ribs, which you need when you've been as sick as I have lately.’

Phrasal Verbs

  • stick around

    • Remain in or near a place.

      ‘I'd like to stick around and watch the game’
      • ‘I knew I could have just stuck around and hung out with him for a bit.’
      • ‘I stuck around for a few more drinks while I mulled this opportunity.’
      • ‘He was giving me less and less and I was getting less and less, but still I stuck around.’
      • ‘I pretty much finished uni for the day at 9am, but stuck around, and read my textbook on South Lawn.’
      • ‘Janet always sticks around after the gig and chats to the crowd.’
      • ‘The tournament was almost over, so we just stuck around and watched the rest of it.’
      • ‘Now that I think about it, technically, as witnesses, we should have stuck around.’
      • ‘Still, I hope he sticks around until the final show.’
      • ‘The protesters stuck around, and they said they wanted to be arrested.’
      • ‘While I contentedly stuck around, his seat remained empty after intermission.’
  • stick at

    • Persevere with (a task or endeavor) in a steady and determined way.

      • ‘After completing Grade 9, he went to work at a bakery in Berwick, and he stuck at that job for six years.’
      • ‘They stuck at their task and caused one of the best nations in world football a lot of problems.’
      • ‘He has stuck at it, and come out and told people what's been going on, and I think he's handled it with dignity.’
      • ‘In stifling heat this was never going to be a vigorous or vibrant game, but we stuck at our task with discipline and brave reserves of energy.’
      • ‘But we stuck at it and as the game went on we improved our stability.’
      • ‘She's been determined and shown fortitude and she's stuck at it.’
      • ‘And we're going to be successful because the president is absolutely determined to stick at it.’
      • ‘Maybe I should have stuck at it though, as it sounds like I had it easy.’
      • ‘He got his scoop by sheer determination and sticking at it.’
      • ‘If I'd stuck at it in an orderly fashion I'd have got it all done and, fair play, I have managed to do the urgent stuff.’
      persevere with, persist with, keep at, work at, continue with, carry on with, go on with, not give up with, hammer away at, stay with, follow through, see through, go the distance, stay the course
      soldier on with, stick it out, hang in there, put one's back into
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  • stick by

    • 1Continue to support or be loyal to (someone), typically during difficult times.

      ‘I love him and whatever happens, I'll stick by him’
      • ‘He stuck by me and if he needs me, for whatever job, I am ready to give my all.’
      • ‘He was a couple of years older than me, but we really stuck by each other.’
      • ‘If I thought Sally was guilty, do you think I'd have stuck by her like I have?’
      • ‘I sometimes wonder myself why I stick by you, defending you from all of the criticism.’
      • ‘I am thrilled that our supporters are sticking by us as they seem to realise the predicament we are all facing.’
      • ‘There's no denying that I wouldn't be doing it now if dad hadn't stuck by me and been so supportive.’
      • ‘There's a whole platoon of people sticking by you and giving support.’
      • ‘Twelve years she had stuck by me, supporting me when I was at my worst.’
      • ‘His best feature, though, was that he was extremely loyal and would stick by his friends no matter what.’
      • ‘The directors stuck by the pair at this difficult time.’
      support, stand by, be loyal to, remain faithful to, be supportive of, be on someone's side, side with, back, defend
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    • 2Adhere to (a commitment, belief, or rule)

      ‘I will stick by my promise to help them raise funds’
      • ‘The referee was there, on the spot, made his decision and stuck by it!’
      • ‘Why can't he just make a decision and stick by it?’
      • ‘We stuck by our beliefs.’
      • ‘I made a decision to wait until I get married, and have stuck by it.’
      • ‘She was optimistic they would stick by their original plan.’
      • ‘He stuck by his recent prediction that Irish house prices would increase by an average of 6% in 2004 and said the rise could turn out to be even higher.’
      • ‘But it's a decision I made and I'll stick by that.’
      • ‘He hit back at the allegations and said the county had continued to stick by the terms of the agreement, which he claimed his critics had misunderstood.’
      • ‘And after hearing what has happened I'm glad I stuck by that decision.’
      • ‘One or two of the more mercenary tour operators have stuck by ludicrous booking conditions.’
      • ‘He continues to stick by what he believes in.’
  • stick something on

    • Place the blame for a mistake or wrongdoing on (someone)

      • ‘Usually, they stuck the blame on the wrong person and never did a damn thing about the root cause.’
      • ‘They figured he was the youngest one, so they would stick it on him.’
      • ‘Like every other industry the execs would like to stick the blame on junior employees for screw ups and take credit for the successes.’
  • stick out

    • Be extremely noticeable.

      ‘many important things had happened to him, but one stuck out’
      • ‘The car driver said the date sticks out in his mind for a particular, personal reason which he did wish to disclose, as it would identify him.’
      • ‘There are too many areas at risk to list here, but there are two that stuck out to me.’
      • ‘The song stuck out amongst all the racket on TV, the big noisy box in the corner.’
      • ‘She sticks out in my mind because my mother used to have me run errands for her since she was our neighbor.’
      • ‘I got her latest record and that song really stuck out to me - it sounded like an old folk song.’
      • ‘If anything sticks out it's just the passion with which people are bringing their ideas forward.’
      • ‘After a long and distinguished career, one event sticks out in his memory as the only time he was afraid while at work.’
      • ‘He added that the incident still stuck out firmly in his mind and that nothing he had been involved in since could get close to it.’
      • ‘Despite all that has happened in the past 10 years, it is this last feature of the period that sticks out most clearly.’
      • ‘With so many trips to Jamaica under your belt, there must be one story that sticks out in your mind as particularly memorable.’
      stand out, be noticeable, be conspicuous, be obvious, catch the eye, be obtrusive
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  • stick out for

    • Refuse to accept less than (what one has asked for); persist in demanding (something)

      ‘they offered him a Rover but Vic stuck out for a Jaguar’
      • ‘They are determined to stick out for £5.53 an hour and for a guaranteed end to the two-tier workforce.’
      • ‘The porters and domestics rejected a deal from their bosses and stuck out for better than £5 an hour.’
      • ‘It was a storytelling imperative that made the director stick out for at least two films.’
      • ‘Aware of his scarcity value, he stuck out for record fees - a million dollars, reputedly, for his last trip to Japan.’
      • ‘We voted overwhelmingly against going for a local settlement and to stick out for national.’
      • ‘It's made us even more determined to stick out for a decent pay increase.’
      • ‘We should get £300 a week now without any strings or job losses, and that's what I want to see the union sticking out for.’
  • stick to

    • 1Continue or confine oneself to doing or using (a particular thing)

      ‘I'll stick to bitter lemon, thanks’
      • ‘The scientists caution women to stay on the safe side and stick to soft drinks in late pregnancy.’
      • ‘In the summertime, try sticking to lighter colored suits and stay away from darker ones.’
      • ‘Your style is to stick to the moves that we've practised, play it safe.’
      • ‘He has continued his policy of sticking to predominantly French riders for his team.’
      • ‘The awards are known for sticking to the tried and true, and this year stayed true to the script, for the most part.’
      • ‘They urged the soldiers to stay in their barracks and stick to defending the country as professional soldiers.’
      • ‘If gray foliage plays a major role in your garden, stick to cool-colored flowers.’
      • ‘All the scenes of soccer games stick to close-ups of cleats followed by actresses hitting the turf and then a ball hitting the net.’
      • ‘However, Mary concluded, if they both stuck to doing their jobs and stayed out of each other's way as much as possible, things would run smoothly.’
      • ‘Economic activity was his forte, and had he stayed in Sudan he could have stuck to that.’
      • ‘And, why do they not follow where the interview goes instead of sticking to their boring prepared questions.’
      1. 1.1Not move or digress from (a path or a subject)
        • ‘He said the council had placed clear signs on all its footpaths advising people to stick to marked paths and to avoid all contact with livestock.’
        • ‘The two commentary tracks are well done and stick to the subject matter well.’
        • ‘Travellers should stick to prescribed paths and not even contemplate wading through cultivated land.’
        • ‘My acquaintance was a little puzzled, expecting me to stick to the original subject.’
        • ‘I suppose we just have to accept that a major movie house would never dream of tackling this subject if it had to stick to the facts.’
        • ‘It sticks to the facts, avoids becoming opinionated and doesn't patronise.’
        • ‘She sticks to her subject and argues an extremely complex case with authority, aplomb and ease.’
        • ‘But even if you stick to the cycle paths you are not necessarily safe.’
        • ‘An autobiography is an attempt to bring up all the facts, and to stick to them, faithfully and chronologically.’
        • ‘I won't mind if you pull us up short for not sticking to the subject.’
    • 2Adhere to (a commitment, belief, or rule)

      ‘the government stuck to its election pledges’
      • ‘The Mayor angrily stuck to his belief that if the council took over the playground, it could be insured.’
      • ‘After further review of the matter, I stick to my belief that the court got this one wrong.’
      • ‘Anybody with histories of alcoholism or drug abuse must prove they are willing to stick to strict rules.’
      • ‘No one thought the companies would stick to their word without continued pressure from the union.’
      • ‘There are so many rules, but nobody sticks to them.’
      • ‘Throughout his captivity the guards stuck to the rules.’
      • ‘Stretch limousine operators have been given a final warning to stick to the safety rules and ensure they have the right licences or face action.’
      • ‘We are delighted that the government is sticking to its commitment.’
      • ‘He continues to make progress in his physique each year by sticking to the same program.’
      • ‘Through the decades he has stuck to his beliefs and spoken his mind.’
      abide by, keep, adhere to, hold to, fulfil, make good
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  • stick together

    • Remain united or mutually loyal.

      ‘we Europeans must stick together’
      • ‘‘We arrived at the place and no-one was there so we all stuck together,’ said Ted.’
      • ‘Most of my friends met their partners during their teens and have stuck together ever since.’
      • ‘We stuck together, shared what little we had, and loved and respected each other.’
      • ‘I knew that if they all stuck together they would pull it off.’
      • ‘Mutually relieved to find a friend, we stuck together in both class and playtime.’
      • ‘He said that it was important communities stuck together to fight crime and is hoping to set up a neighbourhood watch in the area.’
      • ‘It's been really tough but the boys have stuck together to come through.’
      • ‘But the cast stuck together in Venice, where some of the questioning during a press conference grew nasty.’
      • ‘But the workers stuck together, supported their union and won the strike.’
      • ‘Through high school I noticed that the smarter kids stuck together.’
  • stick someone/something up

    • Rob someone at gunpoint.

      • ‘Without protection, the addicts would have stuck him up every day.’
      • ‘When a carload of masked bandits tried to stick up the Bank of Millington on March 8, 1929, bank employees switched on an alarm.’
      • ‘He had robbed deliverymen three times over the previous week, sticking them up with a realistic-looking pellet gun.’
      • ‘A man who tried to stick up a liquor store is now sitting in a jail cell.’
  • stick up for

    • Support or defend (a person or cause)

      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He stuck up for those that were helpless to defend themselves.’
      • ‘He knew everything about me and stuck up for me all the time.’
      • ‘It's like I don't even know who I'm sticking up for sometimes, who's side I should really be on.’
      • ‘My guess is that, having stuck up for him in the past, she believed in his innocence because he was never charged.’
      • ‘My sister was actually sticking up for me, and standing up to our mother.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They did what most kids would do and stuck up for their parents.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘I had six older brothers and they always stuck up for me and protected me,’ he said.’
      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 for
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  • stick with

    • 1Persevere or continue with.

      ‘I'm happy to stick with the present team’
      • ‘Despite the clay surface, he continues to stick with his serve-and-volley game.’
      • ‘More adventurous investors may be happy to stick with their tech funds given the improved outlook for the sector.’
      • ‘She is happy to stick with St Andrew's Church in Wanborough for her wedding in August.’
      • ‘He's proud that the young player stuck with it and is now reaping the rewards of his hard work and perseverance.’
      • ‘I'm sticking with my current software, which continues to work remarkably well.’
      • ‘I should have stuck with them but no, I just had to try something new!’
      • ‘Chick-lit novelists have stuck with this style, and their books continue to sell.’
      • ‘I quickly became bored, and only stuck with it as long as I did because I knew I was going to review it.’
      • ‘Many are happy to stick with routine tasks others might find dull.’
      • ‘If you want to get ahead in life, you can start by sticking with the things you start.’
    • another way of saying stick by above
      • ‘A part of me was tempted to read the whole thing out and see which jokes got laughs, but I'm not sure they would have stuck with me for that long.’
      • ‘In any event, we're grateful to be back in business, and grateful that you stuck with us.’
      • ‘It may come as some surprise to those of you who have stuck with me through thick and thicker over the years that I'm not a natural athlete.’
      • ‘He has kept his head and stuck with the things he believes in.’
      • ‘‘Those who have stuck with me will be the ones who will benefit in the future,’ he says.’
      • ‘But the parish council's highways committee stuck with its decision to name it St Nicholas Close.’
      • ‘It was a testament to love that knows no bounds that my wife stuck with me for the three years we lived there.’

Origin

Old English stician, of Germanic origin; related to German sticken embroider from an Indo-European root shared by Greek stizein to prick stigma a mark and Latin instigare spur on Early senses included pierce and remain fixed (by its embedded pointed end).

Pronunciation:

stick

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