Idioms

Origin of stick

2
before 900; Middle English stiken, Old English stician to pierce, thrust; akin to German stechen to sting, Latin -stīg- in instīgāre (see instigate), Greek stízein (see stigma)
SYNONYMS FOR stick
9 pin.
22 Stick, adhere, cohere mean to cling to or be tightly attached to something. Adhere implies that one kind of material clings tenaciously to another; cohere adds the idea that a thing is attracted to and held by something like itself: Particles of sealing wax cohere and form a mass that will adhere to tin. Stick, a more colloquial and general term, is used particularly when a third kind of material is involved: A gummed label will stick to a package.
29 stickle, waver, doubt.
Related formsstick·a·ble, adjectivestick·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·stick·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stick out (1 of 3)

stick out


verb (adverb)

to project or cause to project
(tr) informal to endure (something disagreeable) (esp in the phrase stick it out)
stick out a mile or stick out like a sore thumb informal to be extremely obvious
stick out for (intr) to insist on (a demand), refusing to yield until it is metthe unions stuck out for a ten per cent wage rise

British Dictionary definitions for stick out (2 of 3)

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 stick out (3 of 3)

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 stick out (1 of 2)

stick out


1

Also, stick out a mile or like a sore thumb. Be very prominent or conspicuous, as in Dad's funny hat made him stick out in the crowd, or That purple house sticks out a mile, or John's lie sticks out like a sore thumb. The first term dates from the mid-1500s, the variants from the first half of the 1900s. The variant using thumb alludes to the propensity for holding an injured thumb stiffly, making it stand out (and thereby risking further injury).

2

Continue doing something, endure something, as in I know you don't like it but you have to stick out the job for another month. [Late 1600s] A variant is stick it out, as in His new play's boring, but since he's my cousin we'd better stick it out. [Late 1800s] Also see stick it, def. 1.

Idioms and Phrases with stick out (2 of 2)

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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