verb (used with object), stung or (Obsolete) stang; stung; sting·ing.
verb (used without object), stung or (Obsolete) stang; stung; sting·ing.
- confidence game.
- an ostensibly illegal operation, as the buying of stolen goods or the bribing of public officials, used by undercover investigators to collect evidence of wrongdoing.
Origin of sting
Examples from the Web for stung
Comforting in that they show that our intended message hit the target and stung.CIA Director’s Trip to Kiev Was a Warning to Putin|Leslie H. Gelb|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, the criticisms have stung, particularly in the age of post-Mitt Romney Mormon mainstreaming.The Core Mormon Teaching the LDS Church Didn’t Jettison|Jay Michaelson|April 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Still, as Lennon/McCartney got increasingly arty, Harrison was stung and he began chasing.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers|Nik Cohn|February 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That stung, and when McConnell approached Reid late Monday to strike a deal, he was rebuffed.John McCain to the Rescue as Senate Deal Breaks Nominee Logjam|Eleanor Clift|July 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Stung by the poor reviews of his thriller Liberty Two, Lipsyte was lugging a bigger canister of dynamite.
I have noticed a bird swallow a bee alive, and have also seen one stung, but no ill effects resulted.Wild Ducks|W. Coape Oates
He took it up, carrying it gingerly, as if it stung, and dropped it on the fire.The Creators|May Sinclair
Buffeted by pounding seas and stung with flying spray, they fought a typhoon with me off the coast of Japan.The Road|Jack London
"We are no cowards, Baron Heckscher," I replied warmly, as if stung by his taunt.A Dash .. .. .. For a Throne|Arthur W. Marchmont
It was with an effort that he could bring out the words; they stung him as they passed his lips.A Sister of the Red Cross|Mrs. L. T. Meade
verb stings, stinging or stung
Word Origin for sting
Old English stingan "to prick with a small point" (of weapons, insects, plants, etc.), from Proto-Germanic *stenganan (cf. Old Norse stinga, Old High German stungen "to prick," Gothic us-stagg "to prick out," Old High German stanga, German stange "pole, perch," German stengel "stalk, stem"), from PIE *stengh-, nasalized form of root *stegh- "to prick, sting" (cf. Old English stagga "stag," Greek stokhos "pointed stake"). Specialized to insects late 15c. Slang meaning "to cheat, swindle" is from 1812.
Old English stincg, steng "act of stinging, stinging pain," from the root of sting (v.). Meaning "carefully planned theft or robbery" is attested from 1930; sense of "police undercover entrapment" first attested 1975.
see take the sting out of.