stick

1
[ stik ]
/ stɪk /

noun

verb (used with object), sticked, stick·ing.

to furnish (a plant, vine, etc.) with a stick or sticks in order to prop or support.
Printing. to set (type) in a composing stick.

Idioms

    short/dirty end of the stick, Slang. the least desirable assignment, decision, or part of an arrangement.

Origin of stick

1
before 1000; Middle English stikke, Old English sticca; akin to Old High German stehho, Old Norse stik stick; akin to stick2

Related forms

stick·less, adjectivestick·like, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for short end of the stick (1 of 2)

stick

1
/ (stɪk) /

noun

verb sticks, sticking or sticked

to support (a plant) with sticks; stake

Word Origin for stick

Old English sticca; related to Old Norse stikka, Old High German stecca

British Dictionary definitions for short end of the stick (2 of 2)

stick

2
/ (stɪk) /

verb sticks, sticking or stuck

noun

Word Origin for stick

Old English stician; related to Old High German stehhan to sting, Old Norse steikja to roast on a spit
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Idioms and Phrases with short end of the stick

stick


In addition to the idioms beginning with stick

  • stick around
  • stick at
  • stick by
  • stick in one's craw
  • stick it
  • stick it to someone
  • stick one's neck out
  • stick out
  • stick to
  • stick together
  • stick to one's guns
  • stick to one's last
  • stick to the ribs
  • stick up
  • stick up for
  • stick with
  • sticky fingers

also see:

  • carrot and stick
  • get on the stick
  • make stick
  • more than one can shake a stick at
  • short end of the stick
  • stand (stick) up for
  • wrong end of the stick

Also see understuck.

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