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1In later use chiefly US. The point at the base of the neck of an animal where the knife is thrust in, either to slaughter or bleed the animal; the lower part of the neck or throat.
2A place where something sticks or is stuck; especially a point where something, especially courage, has reached a maximum and can increase no further.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Barnabe Googe (1540–1594), poet and translator. From sticking + place.
sticking place/ˈstɪkɪŋ pleɪs/
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