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[nit-ing] /ˈnɪt ɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that knits.
the act of forming a fabric by looping a continuous yarn.
knitted work.
stick / tend to one's knitting,
  1. to mind one's own business:
    Don't worry about my work—just tend to your knitting.
  2. to devote oneself to one's assignments or responsibilities:
    Years of sticking to his knitting finally paid off.
Origin of knitting
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at knit, -ing1 Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for stick to one's knitting


  1. knitted work or the process of producing it
  2. (as modifier): a knitting machine
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Word Origin and History for stick to one's knitting



"knitted work," 1848, from present participle of knit (v.). Knitting-needle is from 1590s.

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stick to one's knitting in Medicine

knitting knit·ting (nĭt'ĭng)
The physiological process by which the fragments of a broken bone are united or the edges of a wound are closed.

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Slang definitions & phrases for stick to one's knitting

stick to one's knitting

verb phrase

To attend strictly to one's own affairs; not interfere with others; be single-minded: I'm not a personal confidant. I stick to my knitting

[1970s+; perhaps fr the indefatigable knitting of Madame De Farge in Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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