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Topic: DAILY LIFE
past tense and past participle
intransitive and transitive
to attach something to something else using a substance, or to become attached to a surface
stick something on/to/in etc something
Someone had stuck posters all over the walls.
I could feel my shirt sticking to my back.
The oil keeps the pasta from sticking together.
This stamp won't stick properly.
intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition
if a pointed object sticks into something, or if you stick it there, it is pushed into it
stick (something) in/into/through something
pins stuck in a notice board
The boy stuck his finger up his nose.
transitive always + adverb/preposition
to put something somewhere quickly and without much care
Just stick it in the microwave for a few minutes.
The cards had been stuck through the letterbox.
move part of body
transitive always + adverb/preposition
if you stick a part of your body somewhere, you put it in a position where other people can see it
Clara stuck her head around the door to see who was there.
The baby stuck his legs in the air.
, it's rude!
difficult to move
if something sticks, it becomes fixed in one position and is difficult to move
This door keeps sticking.
in the mud.
stick in somebody's mind
if something sticks in your mind, you remember it well because it is unusual or interesting
It's the kind of name that sticks in your mind.
make something stick
to prove that something is true
Is there enough evidence to
to make a change become permanent
The government has succeeded in making this policy stick.
if a name that someone has invented sticks, people continue using it
One newspaper dubbed him 'Eddie the Eagle', and the name stuck.
somebody can stick something
used to say angrily that you do not want what someone is offering you
I told them they could stick their job.
stay in bad situation
to continue to accept a situation or person, even though you do not like them
mum's new boyfriend.
can't stick doing something
Gerry can't stick working for Featherstone's any longer.
I don't know how you
stick in somebody's throat/gullet
stick in somebody's craw
if a situation or someone's behaviour sticks in your throat, it is so annoying that you cannot accept it
Her criticism really stuck in my craw.
stick in somebody's throat
if words stick in your throat, you are unable to say them because you are afraid or upset
stick to somebody's ribs
food that sticks to your ribs is very satisfying, so you are not hungry after you have eaten
; ➔ stick/poke your nose into something
to stay in a place a little longer, waiting for something to happen
Perhaps you'd like to stick around and watch?
Tom will be sticking around for a while.
stick at something
to continue doing something in a determined way in order to achieve something
Revising with your friends may help you
stick at it
stick at nothing
to be willing to do anything, even if it is illegal, in order to achieve something
stick at nothing to do something
He will stick at nothing to make money.
stick by somebody/something
to remain loyal to a friend when they have done something wrong or have problems
I love him and whatever happens I'll stick by him.
through thick and thin
to do what you promised or decided to do
stick by a decision/promise etc
He has stuck by his radical plans for economic reform.
if something sticks out, you notice it because part of it comes out further than the rest of a surface
The children were so thin their ribs stuck out.
stick out of/from/through etc
Paul's legs were sticking out from under the car.
stick it out
to continue doing something that is difficult, painful, or boring
It wasn't a happy period of his life, but he stuck it out.
stick your neck out
to risk giving your opinion about something, even though you may be wrong or other people may disagree with you
I'm going to stick my neck out with some predictions for the next two years.
stick out to somebody/stick out in somebody's mind
to seem more important to someone than other people or things
The thing that sticks out to me is that they need more help than they're getting.
➔ stick/stand out a mile
➔ stick out like a sore thumb
stick out for something
to refuse to accept less than what you asked for
hold out for
They offered him £250 but Vic stuck out for £500.
stick to something
to do or keep doing what you said you would do or what you believe in, even when it is difficult
Have you been sticking to your diet?
stick to your decision/principles etc
Miguel was determined to stick to his decision.
It looks as if Nick will
to keep using or doing one particular thing and not change to anything else
If you're driving, stick to soft drinks.
stick to doing something
Reporters should stick to investigating the facts.
stick to your guns
to refuse to change your mind about something, even though other people are trying to persuade you that you are wrong
Having made up his mind, he stuck to his guns.
stick to the point/subject/facts
to talk only about what you are supposed to be talking about or what is certain
Never mind whose fault it was. Just stick to the facts.
stick to the rules
to do something exactly according to the rules
stick to the path/road etc
to stay on a marked path or road so that you do not get lost
stick to the/your story
to continue to say that what you have told someone is true, even though they do not believe you
You intend to stick to this story that she knew nothing of your financial prospects?
stick to the/your knitting
to continue paying attention to your own work and not to get involved with what other people are doing
I wish Mrs Reese would stick to her knitting.
stick it to somebody
to make someone suffer, pay a high price etc
The politicians stick it to the tourists because the tourists don't vote.
if people stick together, they continue to support each other when they have problems
We're a family, and we stick together no matter what.
if a part of something sticks up, it is raised up or points upwards above a surface
stick up from/out of/through etc
Part of the boat was sticking up out of the water.
stick 'em up
used to tell someone to raise their hands when threatening them with a gun - used in films, stories etc
stick up for somebody
to defend someone who is being criticized, especially when no one else will defend them
You're supposed to be sticking up for me!
stick up for yourself
She's always known how to stick up for herself.
stick with something/somebody
to continue doing something the way you did or planned to do before
Let's stick with the original plans.
to stay close to someone
You just stick with me. I'll explain everything as we go along.
to continue doing something, especially something difficult
stick with it
, your playing will gradually get better.
be stuck with something/somebody
to be made to accept something, do something, spend time with someone etc, when they do not want to
Bill left and I was stuck with the bill.
to remain in someone's memory
Those words will stick with me for the rest of my life.
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