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  1. the crop of a bird or insect.
  2. the stomach of an animal.
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  1. stick in one's craw, to cause considerable or abiding resentment; rankle: She said I was pompous, and that really stuck in my craw.
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Origin of craw

1350–1400; Middle English crawe, probably akin to crag2
Can be confusedcraw crowcraw crawl
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British Dictionary definitions for stick in one's craw


  1. a less common word for crop (def. 6)
  2. the stomach of an animal
  3. stick in one's craw or stick in one's throat informal to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe
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Word Origin

C14: related to Middle High German krage, Middle Dutch crāghe neck, Icelandic kragi collar
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Word Origin and History for stick in one's craw



Old English *cræg "throat," a Germanic word (e.g. Middle Dutch craghe "neck, throat," Old High German chrago, German Kragen "collar, neck"), of obscure origin.

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Idioms and Phrases with stick in one's craw

stick in one's craw

Also, stick in one's throat.

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Be unable to say something, as in I meant to apologize but the words stuck in my craw. [Early 1600s]

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Be so offensive that one can't tolerate it, as in That obscene art exhibit stuck in my throat. [Late 1600s]

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