to attack (used especially in commanding a dog): Sic 'em!
to incite to attack (usually followed by on).
Other definitions for sic (2 of 5)
Other definitions for sic (3 of 5)
- sic , sick
Other definitions for SIC (4 of 5)
Standard Industrial Classification: a system used by the federal government to classify business activities for analytical and reporting purposes.
Other definitions for Sic. (5 of 5)
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How to use sic in a sentence
But the farmer whose property they had invaded thought he would help by "sicking" the dog on them.The Red Cow and Her Friends | Peter McArthur
They was both sicking their intellects onto the job of figgering out how it was Lucy didn't know.Danny's Own Story | Don Marquis
We can let them see how much better they can make things by sicking them on to each other and having them discipline each other.The Ghost in the White House | Gerald Stanley Lee
By "sicking" dog-loyal people against other nations crafty leaders can win elections, raise tariffs, and provoke wars.The Affable Stranger | Peter McArthur
Upon the Sicking river, nearly a hundred miles north from Boonesborough, there were valuable springs richly impregnated with salt.Daniel Boone | John S. C. Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for sic (1 of 3)
so or thus: inserted in brackets in a written or printed text to indicate that an odd or questionable reading is what was actually written or printed
British Dictionary definitions for sic (2 of 3)
to turn on or attack: used only in commands, as to a dog
to urge (a dog) to attack
British Dictionary definitions for sic (3 of 3)
a Scot word for such
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Cultural definitions for sic
A Latin word for “thus,” used to indicate that an apparent error is part of quoted material and not an editorial mistake: “The learned geographer asserts that ‘the capital of the United States is Washingtown [sic].’”
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