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sting in Animals topic

stingsting2 ●●○ noun  1 wound [countable]HBIHURT/CAUSE PAIN a wound or mark made when an insect or plant stings you 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 She felt the sting of tears in her eyes.4 a sting in the tail5 [singular] the upsetting or bad effect of a situation the sting of rejectiontake the sting out of something (=make something less unpleasant or painful) 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
stingAnd not much chance of Fishy learning enough of the local lingo to set up a sting like this.The bee sting had left a red mark on my arm.Only afterward, on the hike back to the parking lot, did I begin to feel the sting of Red Disaster.Walking from the taxi to his apartment, Ross had felt the sting and throb in his face for the first time.Even ten years later, he felt the sting of the rebuke, the motive for which he still fails to understand.I had never felt the sting of discrimination before.I still felt the sting of her slap on my cheek.Passage of the bill would ease some of the sting that the White House has felt since its initiative failed.bee stingFor most people, the reaction to a bee sting is swelling and pain.That is only a fraction of the numbers killed by bee stings.For a human being a wasp or bee sting is always painful, but not necessarily serious.Fire officials said bee stings and poison oak were the most serious problems.take the sting out of somethingLeaders also encourage creativity when they take the sting out of failure.