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sting in Animals topic

stingsting2 ●●○ noun πŸ”Š πŸ”Š 1 wound [countable]HBIHURT/CAUSE PAIN a wound or mark made when an insect or plant stings you πŸ”Š a bee sting2 insect [countable] British EnglishHBAHBI the sharp needle-shaped part of an insect’s or animal’s body, with which it stings you syn stinger American English3 pain [singular]HURT/CAUSE PAIN a sharp pain in your eyes or skin, caused by being hit, by smoke etc πŸ”Š She felt the sting of tears in her eyes.4 β†’ a sting in the tail5 [singular] the upsetting or bad effect of a situation πŸ”Š the sting of rejectiontake the sting out of something (=make something less unpleasant or painful) πŸ”Š She smiled to take the sting out of her words.6 crime [countable] a clever way of catching criminals in which the police secretly pretend to be criminals themselves
Examples from the Corpus
stingβ€’ And not much chance of Fishy learning enough of the local lingo to set up a sting like this.β€’ The bee sting had left a red mark on my arm.β€’ Only afterward, on the hike back to the parking lot, did I begin to feel the sting of Red Disaster.β€’ Walking from the taxi to his apartment, Ross had felt the sting and throb in his face for the first time.β€’ Even ten years later, he felt the sting of the rebuke, the motive for which he still fails to understand.β€’ I had never felt the sting of discrimination before.β€’ I still felt the sting of her slap on my cheek.β€’ Passage of the bill would ease some of the sting that the White House has felt since its initiative failed.bee stingβ€’ For most people, the reaction to a bee sting is swelling and pain.β€’ That is only a fraction of the numbers killed by bee stings.β€’ For a human being a wasp or bee sting is always painful, but not necessarily serious.β€’ Fire officials said bee stings and poison oak were the most serious problems.take the sting out of somethingβ€’ Leaders also encourage creativity when they take the sting out of failure.