- Also called sticking point. the place or point at which something stops and holds firm.
- the place in the lower part of an animal's neck where the knife is thrust in slaughtering.
Origin of sticking place
First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for sticking place
But after a few minutes he screwed his "courage to the sticking-place," and went up to her.Moth and Rust
Screw your courage to the sticking-place, / And we'll not fail.
Evidently, he was endeavouring to screw his courage to the sticking-place.Mated from the Morgue
John Augustus O'Shea
If he had ever wished to hang himself, he never could succeed in screwing his courage up to the sticking-place.Ten Thousand a-Year. Volume 3.
She taunted him as being a coward, and told him to “screw his courage up to the sticking-place, and he would not fail.”ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;