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stick

  
[1]  
      n  
1    a small thin branch of a tree  
2   
a    any long thin piece of wood  
b    such a piece of wood having a characteristic shape for a special purpose  
a walking stick, a hockey stick     
c    a baton, wand, staff, or rod  
3    an object or piece shaped like a stick  
a stick of celery, a stick of dynamite     
4       See       control stick  
5    Informal   the lever used to change gear in a motor vehicle  
6      (Nautical)   a mast or yard  
7      (Printing)      See       composing stick  
8   
a    a group of bombs arranged to fall at intervals across a target  
b    a number of paratroops jumping in sequence  
9    Slang  
a    verbal abuse, criticism  
I got some stick for that blunder     
b    physical power, force (esp. in the phrase give it some stick)  
10    usually pl   a piece of furniture  
these few sticks are all I have     
11    pl  
Informal   a rural area considered remote or backward (esp. in the phrase in the sticks)  
12    pl     (W and NW Canadian)  
informal   the wooded interior part of the country  
13    pl     (Hockey)   a declaration made by the umpire if a player's stick is above the shoulders  
14    pl   goalposts  
15      (U.S.)  
obsolete   a cannabis cigarette  
16    a means of coercion  
17    Informal   a dull boring person  
18    usually preceded by: old  
Informal   a familiar name for a person  
not a bad old stick     
19    in a cleft stick   in a difficult position  
20    wrong end of the stick   a complete misunderstanding of a situation, explanation, etc.  
      vb   , sticks, sticking, sticked  
21    to support (a plant) with sticks; stake  
     (Old English sticca; related to Old Norse stikka, Old High German stecca)  
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stick   [2]  
      vb   , sticks, sticking, stuck  
1    tr   to pierce or stab with or as if with something pointed  
2    to thrust or push (a sharp or pointed object) or (of a sharp or pointed object) to be pushed into or through another object  
3    tr   to fasten in position by pushing or forcing a point into something  
to stick a peg in a hole     
4    tr   to fasten in position by or as if by pins, nails, etc.  
to stick a picture on the wall     
5    tr   to transfix or impale on a pointed object  
6    tr   to cover with objects piercing or set in the surface  
7    when intr, foll by: out, up, through, etc.   to put forward or be put forward; protrude or cause to protrude  
to stick one's head out of the window     
8    tr  
Informal   to place or put in a specified position  
stick your coat on this chair     
9    to fasten or be fastened by or as if by an adhesive substance  
stick the pages together, they won't stick     
10    tr  
Informal   to cause to become sticky  
11    when tr, usually passive   to come or cause to come to a standstill  
we were stuck for hours in a traffic jam, the wheels stuck     
12    intr   to remain for a long time  
the memory sticks in my mind     
13    tr  
Slang     (chiefly Brit)   to tolerate; abide  
I can't stick that man     
14    intr   to be reluctant  
15    tr; usually passive  
Informal   to cause to be at a loss; baffle, puzzle, or confuse  
I was totally stuck for an answer     
16    tr  
Slang   to force or impose something unpleasant on  
they stuck me with the bill for lunch     
17    tr   to kill by piercing or stabbing  
18    stick in one's throat (or craw)  
Informal   to be difficult, or against one's conscience, for one to accept, utter, or believe  
19    stick one's nose into      See       nose       17  
20    stick to the ribs  
Informal   (of food) to be hearty and satisfying  
      n  
21    the state or condition of adhering  
22    Informal   a substance causing adhesion  
23    Obsolete   something that causes delay or stoppage,   (See also)        stick around       stick at       stick by       stick down       stick out       stick to       stick together       stick-up       stick with       stuck  
     (Old English stician; related to Old High German stehhan to sting, Old Norse steikja to roast on a spit)  

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stick

  
[1]  
      vb  
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  

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stick   [2]  
      n  
1    baton, birch, cane, crook, pole, rod, sceptre, staff, stake, switch, twig, wand  
2      (informal)   dinosaur, fuddy-duddy     (informal)   (old) fogey, pain     (informal)   prig, stick-in-the-mud     (informal)  
3      (Brit. slang)   abuse, blame, criticism, flak     (informal)   hostility, punishment  

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get the short end of the stick exp.
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.

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adv.
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.
adv.
1. in a remote area, an area in the countryside that is far from a town or city 2. in a town or city regarded as dull or unsophisticated
[Informal] [Disapproving] Syn.: In the backwoods, in the middle of nowhere.
id.
the carrot is more effective than the stick

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