stick  ( sticks 3rd person present) ( sticking present participle) ( stuck past tense & past participle ) (VERB USES)
Please look at category 9 to see if the expression you are looking for is shown under another headword.
1 verb If you stick something somewhere, you put it there in a rather casual way.
INFORMAL He folded the papers and stuck them in his desk drawer... V n prep/adv
Jack opened his door and stuck his head out. V n prep/adv
2 verb If you stick a pointed object in something, or if it sticksin something, it goes into it or through it by making a cut or hole.
Some punk stuck a knife in her last night... V n in/into/through n
The soldiers went at once to the mound and began to stick their bayonets through it... V n in/into/through n
The knife stuck in the ground at his feet. V in n
3 verb If something is sticking out from a surface or object, it extends up or away from it. If something is sticking into a surface or object, it is partly in it.
They lay where they had fallen from the crane, sticking out of the water... V adv/prep
His hair sticks up in half a dozen directions. V adv/prep
...when we see her with lots of tubes and needles sticking into her little body. V adv/prep
4 verb If you stick one thing to another, you attach it using glue, sticky tape, or another sticky substance.
We just stuck it to the window... V n prep
He has nowhere to stick up his posters... V n with adv
Stick down any loose bits of flooring. V n with adv
5 verb If one thing sticksto another, it becomes attached to it and is difficult to remove.
Peel away the waxed paper if it has stuck to the bottom of the cake... V to n
If left to stand, cooked pasta sticks together. V together
6 verb If something sticks in your mind, you remember it for a long time.
The incident stuck in my mind because it was the first example I had seen of racism in that country... V in n
7 verb If something which can usually be moved sticks, it becomes fixed in one position.
The needle on the dial went right round to fifty feet, which was as far as it could go, and there it stuck... V
to stick in your throat
throat stick around phrasal verb If you stick around, you stay where you are, often because you are waiting for something.
INFORMAL Stick around a while and see what develops... V P stick at phrasal verb If you stick at a task or activity, you continue doing it, even if it is difficult.
You will find it hard at first, but stick at it... V P n stick by
1 phrasal verb If you stick by someone, you continue to give them help or support.
...friends who stuck by me during the difficult times as Council Leader... V P n
2 phrasal verb If you stick by a promise, agreement, decision, or principle, you do what you said you would do, or do not change your mind.
But I made my decision then and stuck by it. V P n stick out
1 phrasal verb If you stick out part of your body, you extend it away from your body.
She made a face and stuck out her tongue at him... V P n (not pron)
He stuck his hand out and he said, `Good evening.' V n P
to stick your neck out
2 phrasal verb If something sticks out, it is very noticeable because it is unusual.
What had Cutter done to make him stick out from the crowd? V P from n
to stick out a mile
to stick out like a sore thumb
3 If someone in an unpleasant or difficult situation sticks it out, they do not leave or give up.
stick it out phrase V inflects
I really didn't like New York, but I wanted to stick it out a little bit longer. stick to
1 phrasal verb If you stick to something or someone when you are travelling, you stay close to them.
There are interesting hikes inland, but most ramblers stick to the clifftops... V P n
2 phrasal verb If you stick to something, you continue doing, using, saying, or talking about it, rather than changing to something else.
Perhaps he should have stuck to writing... V P n
3 phrasal verb If you stick to a promise, agreement, decision, or principle, you do what you said you would do, or do not change your mind.
Immigrant support groups are waiting to see if he sticks to his word... V P n
But one problem is that few people can stick to a diet for long. V P n
to stick to your guns
4 phrasal verb If you stick to rules, you do what they say you must do.
Obviously we are disappointed but the committee could do nothing less than stick to the rules... V P n
Police must stick to the highest standards if they are to win back public confidence. V P n stick together phrasal verb If people stick together, they stay with each other and support each other.
If we all stick together, we ought to be okay. V P stick up for phrasal verb If you stick up for a person or a principle, you support or defend them forcefully.
(=stand up for)
I can stick up for myself... V P P n stick with
1 phrasal verb If you stick with something, you do not change to something else.
They prefer, in the end, to stick with what they know. V P n
2 phrasal verb If you stick with someone, you stay close to them.
Tugging the woman's arm, she pulled her to her side saying: `You just stick with me, dear.' V P n