Origin of stickup
verb (used with object), stuck, stick·ing.
verb (used without object), stuck, stick·ing.
Origin of stick2
Synonyms for stick
Examples from the Web for stick-up
Contemporary Examples of stick-up
When Robert Haile pulled his own weapon, Brooks continued his stick-up.Chicago’s Cops Don’t Even Get Investigated for Shooting People in the Back
December 5, 2014
Historical Examples of stick-up
It was encircled by the stiffest of stick-up collars, which custom decreed could be worn only by the Sixth.Stalky & Co.
The latter had now donned the very highest of stick-up collars, and his ties were a source of the greatest anxiety to him.With Rifle and Bayonet
That stick-up gent is a clean hundred miles from here right now an' still going, real lively.Judith of Blue Lake Ranch
All these stick-up jobs recently have been planned by the Eye.
In spite of his long trousers and stick-up collar, the spirit of the thing escaped him; his time had not come.Rough-Hewn
verb stick up (adverb)
- any long thin piece of wood
- such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for a special purposea walking stick; a hockey stick
- a baton, wand, staff, or rod
- a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target
- a number of paratroops jumping in sequence
- verbal abuse, criticismI got some stick for that blunder
- physical power, force (esp in the phrase give it some stick)
verb sticks, sticking or sticked
Word Origin for stick
verb sticks, sticking or stuck
Word Origin for stick
Old English sticca "rod, twig, spoon," from Proto-Germanic *stikkon- "pierce, prick" (cf. Old Norse stik, Old High German stehho, German Stecken "stick, staff"), from PIE *steig- "to stick; pointed" (see stick (v.)). Meaning "staff used in a game" is from 1670s (originally billiards); meaning "manual gearshift lever" first recorded 1914. Stick-ball is attested from 1824. Alliterative connection of sticks and stones is recorded from mid-15c.
Old English stician "to pierce, stab," also "to remain embedded, be fastened," from Proto-Germanic *stik- "pierce, prick, be sharp" (cf. Old Saxon stekan, Old Frisian steka, Dutch stecken, Old High German stehhan, German stechen "to stab, prick"), from PIE *steig- (cf. Latin in-stigare "to goad;" Greek stizein "to prick, puncture," stigma "mark made by a pointed instrument;" Old Persian tigra- "sharp, pointed;" Avestan tighri- "arrow;" Lithuanian stingu "to remain in place;" Russian stegati "to quilt").
Figurative sense of "to remain permanently in mind" is attested from c.1300. Transitive sense of "to fasten (something) in place" is attested from late 13c. Stick out "project" is recorded from 1560s. Slang stick around "remain" is from 1912; stick it as a rude bit of advice is first recorded 1922.
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
- 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.