- a group of bombs so arranged as to be released in a row across a target.
- the bomb load.
verb (used with object), sticked, stick·ing.
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Idioms for stick
Origin of stick1
OTHER WORDS FROM stickstickless, adjectivesticklike, adjective
Words nearby stick
Definition for stick (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), stuck, stick·ing.
verb (used without object), stuck, stick·ing.
Origin of stick2
synonym study for stick
OTHER WORDS FROM stickstick·a·ble, adjectivestick·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·stick·a·ble, adjective
ABOUT THIS WORD
What does stick mean?
Content warning: this article references guns.
Stick is a slang term for “gun,” especially an automatic rifle in Southern hip-hop in the U.S. That means you can “stick ’em up”… with a stick.
Where does stick come from?
The use of stick to refer to a “gun” or “rifle” can be traced back to as early as the 1840s. Stick, here, is due to the long, narrow, and stick-like appearance of a rifle as well as perhaps its wooden butt.
In 1900, President Theodore Roosevelt famously formulated his foreign policy as “Speak softly and carry a big stick.” This stick wasn’t necessarily a gun, but rather a collection of them, shall we say: he meant having a strong military was essential should diplomatic negotiations fail.
During the 1960s, rifles were called idiot sticks during the Vietnam war. Stick was also the title of a 1985 crime film starring Burt Reynolds and Candice Bergen. Stick is the main character’s nickname, but it also calls up his car-thief, gun-wielding ways.
Stick, for a “rifle” like an AK-47 assault rifle, was popularized by Southern hip-hop, especially in Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida. Urban Dictionary entries for it went up in 2010, though an earlier one from 2007 notes stick‘s use for a handgun or pistol in the UK.
Future released “Stick Talk” in 2015 on which he raps about the firepower of sticks. On his viral 2016 “Dat $tick,” Rich Brian also uses stick in his lyrics. On verified annotations on Genius, Brian, an Indonesian rapper based in Los Angeles, confirms that stick is slang for “gun.”
How is stick used in real life?
Stick is prevalent as hip-hop slang, usually featured in threats or acts of aggression about urban life. Atlanta rapper SahBabii came into the spotlight with his 2016 “Pull Up Wit Ah Stick,” where he raps: “Pull up with the stick, let it hit / I put this on the ten, I’ma end.”
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Example sentences from the Web for stick
At 14 hives, the researchers used a balloon tied to a stick to chase off hornets, says Otis.Honeybees fend off deadly hornets by decorating hives with poop|Asher Jones|January 19, 2021|Science News For Students
Let’s start with the stick vacuumVacuum cleaners these days come in all shapes and sizes and there are various aspects you might want to think about when working out which one you want.
If he had 10 plates spinning on sticks before, now he’s got 20.Americans across the political spectrum fear what the Capitol attack portends|Annie Gowen, Jenna Johnson, Holly Bailey|January 12, 2021|Washington Post
If crosspieces are in the right place, your toes should be covering the first stick you tied, and your heels should be covering the second stick you tied, for each shoe.How to build snowshoes on the fly—and 4 other tips for surviving deep snow|By Tim MacWelch/Outdoor Life|January 5, 2021|Popular Science
This guy’s charging at them, with a knife in one hand, a stick in the other, screaming at them, in a confined space.“Nobody” Hurt, “Just a Perp,” Say Officers After NYPD Shot and Killed Man in His Own Home|by Eric Umansky|January 4, 2021|ProPublica
Added to drinking water at concentrations of around one part per million, fluoride ions stick to dental plaque.
He wore white gloves, a dignified long black coat, and matching pants and vest, and he carried a dark walking stick.The Black Man Who Replaced Jefferson Davis in the Senate|Philip Dray|January 7, 2015|DAILY BEAST
After some animated debate at the conference, Lelaie declared, with some frustration, “If you push on the stick, you will fly.”Flight 8501 Poses Question: Are Modern Jets Too Automated to Fly?|Clive Irving|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
The birds poop all over the forest, and thanks to the viscin, the mistletoe seeds in said poop stick to branches.
And for Larry Flynt, this might be a monumental opportunity to stick it to the dictator the best way he knows how.Kim Jong Un, Avert Your Eyes: Sony’s ‘The Interview’ Gets the Porn Parody Treatment|Aurora Snow|December 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You see, they always butter their chairs so that they won't stick fast when they sit down.Davy and The Goblin|Charles E. Carryl
Whoever succeeded in getting the ring on his stick won the game, and carried the prize home as a sign of victory.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
By using his walking stick he discovered that they formed a trail to a point in the wall.The Joyous Adventures of Aristide Pujol|William J. Locke
I am not informed further; but inasmuch as you are living on the place, my advice is that you stick right there, and hold it.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux
The last time I tried it, I caught the end of my stick between two rocks and it broke.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
British Dictionary definitions for stick (1 of 2)
- any long thin piece of wood
- such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for a special purposea walking stick; a hockey stick
- a baton, wand, staff, or rod
- a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target
- a number of paratroops jumping in sequence
- verbal abuse, criticismI got some stick for that blunder
- physical power, force (esp in the phrase give it some stick)
verb sticks, sticking or sticked
Word Origin for stick
British Dictionary definitions for stick (2 of 2)
verb sticks, sticking or stuck
Word Origin for stick
Idioms and Phrases with 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
- 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.