From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishstick out phrasal verb1STICK OUTif something sticks out, you notice it because part of it comes out further than the rest of a surfaceThe children were so thin their ribs stuck out. of/from/through etcPaul’s legs were sticking out from under the car.2stick it outFINISH DOING something to continue doing something that is difficult, painful, or boringIt wasn’t a happy period of his life, but he stuck it out.3stick your neck out informalRISK to risk giving your opinion about something, even though you may be wrong or other people may disagree with youI’m going to stick my neck out with some predictions for the next two years.4stick out to somebody/stick out in somebody’s mind to seem more important to someone than other people or thingsThe thing that sticks out to me is that they need more help than they’re getting. → stick/stand out a mileat mile(5), → stick out like a sore thumbat sore1(6) →stick→ See Verb table
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stick out• Dan made a face and stuck his tongue out.• The fridge door won't shut because there's something sticking out.• He stuck out a hand. 'Hi, I'm Melvyn.'• His large earsstuck out almost at right angles.• He stuck his lower lip out and frowned.• I stuck out my thumb and caught a ride to Tay Ninh.• A neatly foldedhandkerchief was sticking out of his jacketpocket.• A woman stuck her head out of the window and told us to come upstairs.• A pair of skisstuck out through the car window.stick of/from/through etc• It pulled a long curvedstick out of a holster.• You are horrified to see a small foot sticking out frombehind your reartire.• Under his arm he carried a large portfolio of drawings and she saw that he had pencilssticking out from his pocket.• He looked down to see if his pajamas were sticking out of his trousers.• You can spot them easily: a metalhandlesticking out of the duct.• Corbeling is where bricksticks out of the wall at the top of the building.• Then he saw a pink foot sticking out from under a parked car.• He grimaced and scratched his short, curly black hair where it stuck out from under his tartancap.stick it out• But he does know something about sticking it out.• I knew she had to come to me each time, it was just a case of sticking it out.• She stuck it out for half an hour, feeling the thuds that Ben made vibrate through the car.• I'm going to stick it out just to prove to him that I can do it.• Oh well, I've stuck it out so far.• I stuck it out the window, pointed it at the garage, and clicked it.• I did not persuade or influence him; he intended all along to stick it out until the end.• A few have stuck it out when it might have been better for all concerned if they had resigned.• She said she'd stuck it out with my father all these years, just for my sake.stick your neck out• And many economists are reluctant to stick their necks out.• It was a place for people who wanted to stick their necks out.• He'd stuck his neck out all right, but not as much as he'd led Holman to believe.• I want to stick my neck out and help her.• Look, I'll stick my neck out and say it'll be finished by tomorrow evening.• So I have decided to stick my neck out and to make some predictions for the next 30 years.• Let Bixby stick his neck out for once, he thought as he stared wearily at his folded hands.• You don't have to stick your neck out in meetings.• She listened to his ideas, had even stuck her neck out to champion some of his more radical plans.• The evidence is good, but I won't stick my neck out until all the data is in.