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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Definitions for shtick

  1. Slang. one's special interest, talent, etc.
  2. Slang. (especially in comic acting) a routine or piece of business inserted to gain a laugh or draw attention to oneself.

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Citations for shtick
In other words, in the framework of the anecdote and the shtick, the best thing about a good shtick is that like a hawker in the marketplace you can dish it out to people like a tasty morsel of yourself. Gail Hareven, The Confessions of Noa Weber, 2009
I don't want to be American, that's your shtick, not mine. Linda Grant, We Had It So Good, 2011
Origin of shtick
Shtick comes from the Yiddish shtik meaning "pranks." It entered English in the 1950s.