One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A stick with a curved handle used for support when walking.
stick, cane, crook, crutch, propView synonyms
- ‘He has some mobility in his legs and can walk with the aid of a walking stick.’
- ‘My one and only ramble came when a family of Quakers took me on their family walk across the Chilterns, walking sticks, knapsacks and all.’
- ‘All participants are advised to bring rain proofs and suitable footwear and for those of senior years a walking stick for added support.’
- ‘Clearly supported on a walking stick, I motioned to the driver to circle over and pick me up.’
- ‘Then it was on to the trail proper, with the party kitted out in ponchos and bamboo walking sticks bought from the locals and following their tour guide, Willow.’
- ‘Jordan, who walked into Leeds Crown Court with the aid of a walking stick, supplied medical evidence from three cardiac consultants saying he was unfit to stand trial.’
- ‘More than £2,000-worth of equipment - walking sticks, crutches and frames - go missing every year in these services because patients do not return them when they no longer need to use them.’
- ‘Video footage of Mr Waite taken before the trial showed his difficulty in walking and his necessity to use a walking stick at all times.’
- ‘The first time I went in there I could barely walk and I was having to use walking sticks.’
- ‘An arthritic man who walks with a walking stick was beaten up and left lying on the roadside with head injuries.’
- ‘Some came on crutches, others in wheelchairs and some used walking sticks.’
- ‘It was alleged that he claimed he sometimes needed a walking stick and crutches yet was capable of working as a police officer unhindered.’
- ‘Similarly, canes or walking sticks are often coated with Teflon, so that they will not slip on hard, smooth surfaces.’
- ‘Keith Pickering's walking sticks are fabulous, individual-crafted works of art.’
- ‘Frances looked incredibly frail, needing the support of a walking stick, and she asked me to help her up and off the stage.’
- ‘This means I have to walk, albeit with a walking stick, slowly from my home in Sevenoaks Close using the footpath.’
- ‘We enjoy long walks on the trails searching for the perfect walking stick, tracking deer, wild pigs and other animals.’
- ‘Darwin looked less confident, less well dressed, more anxious, more like an invalid, especially when the handle of the walking stick is glimpsed on the left.’
- ‘The workers here carry walking sticks, use crutches, or get around in wheelchairs.’
- ‘Both before and after the match, Danny Wallace walked out of the tunnel, leaning heavily on a walking stick, to receive a tumultuous and emotional welcome from the fans.’
2North American A long, slender, slow-moving insect that resembles a twig. In many species, it appears that there are no males and that the females lay fertile eggs without mating.
Family Phasmatidae, order Phasmida: many generaAlso called stick insect
- ‘Besides researching thrips, he studies speciation and asexuality in walking sticks and the phylogenetics of Galapagos Islands snails.’
- ‘Remarkably, nepetalactone next turned up in an insect, the walking stick.’
- ‘Lizards and birds zestily eat walking sticks of either pattern, so camouflage offers a big advantage.’
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