stickup

or stick-up

[ stik-uhp ]
/ ˈstɪkˌʌp /

noun Informal.

a holdup; robbery.

Origin of stickup

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

Definition for stick up (2 of 2)

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 forms

stick·a·ble, adjectivestick·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·stick·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for stick up (1 of 2)

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 up (2 of 2)

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 up (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with stick up (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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