stickup

or stick-up

[ stik-uhp ]
/ ˈstɪkˌʌp /

noun Informal.

a holdup; robbery.

Nearby words

  1. stick to,
  2. stick to one's guns,
  3. stick to one's last,
  4. stick to the ribs,
  5. stick together,
  6. stick up for,
  7. stick with,
  8. stick-at-it-ive,
  9. stick-built,
  10. stick-in-the-mud

Origin of stickup

First recorded in 1855–60; noun use of verb phrase stick up

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
1. penetrate, spear. 6. transfix. 9. pin. 12. glue, cement, paste. 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 up

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

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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Word Origin and History for stick up
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with stick up

stick up

1

Project from a surface, as in That little cowlick of his sticks up no matter what you do. [Early 1400s]

2

Put up a poster or notice, as in Will you stick up this announcement on the bulletin board? [Late 1700s]

3

Rob, especially at gunpoint, as in The gang concentrated on sticking up liquor stores and gas stations. This usage, dating from the mid-1800s, gave rise to the colloquial phrase, stick 'em up, a robber's order to a victim to raise his or her hands above the head. [1930s]

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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