stick out like a sore thumb meaning, stick out like a sore thumb definition | English Cobuild dictionary

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  ( thumbs    plural & 3rd person present)   ( thumbing    present participle)   ( thumbed    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   Your thumb is the short thick part on the side of your hand next to your four fingers.  
She bit the tip of her left thumb, not looking at me.     
2       verb   If you thumb a lift or thumb a ride, you stand by the side of the road holding out your thumb until a driver stops and gives you a lift.   (=hitch)  
It may interest you to know that a boy answering Rory's description thumbed a ride to Howth...      V n to n  
Thumbing a lift had once a carefree, easy-going image.      V n  
4    If you say that someone or something sticks out like a sore thumb or stands out like a sore thumb, you are emphasizing that they are very noticeable, usually because they are unusual or inappropriate.  
stick out like a sore thumb             phrase   V and N inflect     (emphasis)    Does the new housing stick out like a sore thumb or blend into its surroundings?...     
5    If you say that someone is twiddling their thumbs, you mean that they do not have anything to do and are waiting for something to happen.  
twiddle one's thumbs      phrase   V inflects  
The prospect of waiting around just twiddling his thumbs was appalling...     
6    If you are under someone's thumb, you are under their control, or very heavily influenced by them.  
under sb's thumb      phrase   v-link PHR, PHR after v  
I cannot tell you what pain I feel when I see how much my mother is under my father's thumb...     
    green thumb  
    to thumb your nose at someone  
    rule of thumb  
    rule   thumb through      phrasal verb   If you thumb through something such as a book or magazine, you turn the pages quickly rather than reading each page carefully.  
He had the drawer open and was thumbing through the files.      V P n  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
stick          [1]     ( sticks    plural  )   (NOUN USES)  
1       n-count   A stick    is a thin branch which has fallen off a tree.      
...people carrying bundles of dried sticks to sell for firewood.     
2       n-count   A stick    is a long thin piece of wood which is used for supporting someone's weight or for hitting people or animals.      
He looks old and walks with a stick..., Crowds armed with sticks and stones took to the streets.     
    carrot and stick  
3       n-count   A stick    is a long thin piece of wood which is used for a particular purpose.      
usu n N  
...kebab sticks., ...lolly sticks., ...drum sticks.     
4       n-count   Some long thin objects that are used in sports are called sticks.  
usu n N  
...lacrosse sticks., sticks.,     
5       n-count   A stick   of something is a long thin piece of it.      
usu N of n, n N  
...a stick of celery., ...cinnamon sticks.     
6       n-uncount   If you give someone some stick   , you criticize them or tease them roughly.      
INFORMAL   It's not motorists who give you the most stick, it's the general public..., I get some stick from the lads because of my faith but I don't mind.     
7       n-plural   If you say that someone lives in the sticks, you mean that they live a long way from any large cities.  
INFORMAL   the N     (disapproval)    He lived out in the sticks somewhere.     
8    If someone gets the wrong end of the stick or gets hold of the wrong end of the stick, they do not understand something correctly and get the wrong idea about it.  
get the wrong end of the stick/get hold of the wrong end of the stick      phrase   V inflects  

Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  




1    adhere, affix, attach, bind, bond, cement, cleave, cling, fasten, fix, fuse, glue, hold, hold on, join, paste, weld  
2    dig, gore, insert, jab, penetrate, pierce, pin, poke, prod, puncture, spear, stab, thrust, transfix  
3      (with)       out, up, etc.   bulge, extend, jut, obtrude, poke, project, protrude, show  
4      (informal)   deposit, drop, fix, install, lay, place, plant, plonk, position, put, set, store, stuff  
5    be bogged down, become immobilized, be embedded, catch, clog, come to a standstill, jam, lodge, snag, stop  
6    linger, persist, remain, stay  
7      (slang)   abide, bear up under, endure, get on with, hack     (slang)   stand, stomach, take, tolerate  
8    stick it out        (informal)   bear, endure, grin and bear it     (informal)   last out, put up with     (informal)   see it through, see through to the bitter end, soldier on, take it     (informal)   weather  
9    stick up for        (informal)   champion, defend, stand up for, support, take the part or side of, uphold  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
sweat excessively
a humorous way of saying that something is not needed at all
used to describe a female who smells like a cabbage and is acting like a bitch
Feeling like a superhero in spandex. To feel like Adam West
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
like a barista (bartender) for a fast-food burger restaurant
a man of good breeding, well-behaved, courteous, polite who behaves like a gentleman
business operating in a "real world" not on the internet : like a department store, a car manufacturer
see : click and mortar : a business that combine new technologies and traditional business
Something that seems bad at first, like a fail or a misfortune, but later unexpectedly results in something good and beneficial
As for me I could say that was a double unbelievable blessing in disguise; firstly, the plane I missed crashed into the sea a few hours later and secondly, I met my future wife on the next flight!
be negatively impacted by a situation, event.
E.g.: The building is being renovated, but for the moment people living there get the short end of the stick.
very little; very few; said to indicate that something is in a low amount/quantity or insignificant
E.g. You weigh like nothing; It costs like nothing; It is a big deal, but you make it look like nothing.
the carrot is more effective than the stick
paraprofessional registered physician assistants like nurses
Needs disambiguation with Paramedic when traduction in other languages
hand gesture of approval
a humorous way of recommending someone not to pursue something at which they are unlikely to be good or successful and thus, to rather stick to what they can do best, namely, their job
Ex.: Although she had poured her whole heart and soul into her singing at the karaoke, her somewhat cruel but nonetheless lucid friends told her: 'don't give up the day job!'
very quickly; right now; in a big hurry
[UK][Slang] You should get out quick sticks if you don't want him to see you.
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