sting like a bee meaning, sting like a bee definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( stings    plural & 3rd person present)   ( stinging    present participle)   ( stung    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If a plant, animal, or insect stings you, a sharp part of it, usually covered with poison, is pushed into your skin so that you feel a sharp pain.  
The nettles stung their legs...      V n  
This type of bee rarely stings.      V  
2       n-count   The sting of an insect or animal is the part that stings you.  
Remove the bee sting with tweezers.     
3       n-count   If you feel a sting, you feel a sharp pain in your skin or other part of your body.  
usu sing  
This won't hurt<endash>you will just feel a little sting.     
4       verb   If a part of your body stings, or if a substance stings it, you feel a sharp pain there.  
His cheeks were stinging from the icy wind...      V  
Sprays can sting sensitive skin.      V n  
5       verb   If someone's remarks sting you, they make you feel hurt and annoyed.  
no cont   (=hurt)  
He's a sensitive lad and some of the criticism has stung him...      V n  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
See also:

stingy, string, sing, stingray

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
not to be able to act like a man, be a pussy
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
the duck's nuts, the best, the dog's bollocks
like a barista (bartender) for a fast-food burger restaurant
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E.g. You weigh like nothing; It costs like nothing; It is a big deal, but you make it look like nothing.
paraprofessional registered physician assistants like nurses
Needs disambiguation with Paramedic when traduction in other languages
quit disobeying; start acting like someone would want to
E.g. Finally, her husband has come to heel and they will buy a new car, as she wants.
the best, the dog's bollocks , the bee's knees
informal name given to footwear items like socks, home foot covers or plastic foot covers used for hygienical reasons
person skilled for an activity, especially for one involving motion (like sports; dance)
una canción de los 90
creative translation, translation involving some authoring, like translation of ads
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a humorous way of saying that someone doesn't like or love the speaker.
[Hum.] E.g.: You've seen the way she treated me last time we met. It's clear: she loves me not.
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assez proche de l'idée de 'il y a à boire et à manger'


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