Be substantial or filling, as in It may not be health food but steak really sticks to the ribs. This idiom was first recorded in 1603.
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How to use stick to the ribs in a sentence
I misdoubt, though, whether they've got enough substance and stick-to-the-ribs to make a meal out of all by themselves.Si Klegg, Book 4 (of 6) | John McElroy