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stick-in-the-mud

[stik-in-thuh-muhd]
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noun
  1. someone who avoids new activities, ideas, or attitudes; old fogy.
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Origin of stick-in-the-mud

First recorded in 1725–35
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British Dictionary definitions for stick in the mud

stick-in-the-mud

noun
  1. informal a staid or predictably conservative person who lacks initiative or imagination
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Word Origin and History for stick in the mud

stick-in-the-mud

n.

1733, from stick (v.) on notion of "to stick in the mud, to be content to remain in an abject condition."

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