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sticking place

  1. Also called sticking point. the place or point at which something stops and holds firm.
  2. the place in the lower part of an animal's neck where the knife is thrust in slaughtering.
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Origin of sticking place

First recorded in 1570–80
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of sticking place

  • But after a few minutes he screwed his "courage to the sticking-place," and went up to her.

    Moth and Rust

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • Screw your courage to the sticking-place, / And we'll not fail.

  • Evidently, he was endeavouring to screw his courage to the sticking-place.

    Mated from the Morgue

    John Augustus O'Shea

  • If he had ever wished to hang himself, he never could succeed in screwing his courage up to the sticking-place.

  • She taunted him as being a coward, and told him to “screw his courage up to the sticking-place, and he would not fail.”