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stick1 S3 W3 past tense and past participle stuck
to attach something to something else using a substance, or to become attached to a surface
attach[intransitive and transitive]
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.
if a pointed object sticks into something, or if you stick it there, it is pushed into it
push in[intransitive,transitive always + adverb/preposition]D
stick (something) in/into/through something
pins stuck in a notice board
The boy stuck his finger up his nose.
to put something somewhere quickly and without much care [= bung]:
put[transitive always + adverb/preposition] informal
Just stick it in the microwave for a few minutes.
The cards had been stuck through the letterbox.
if you stick a part of your body somewhere, you put it in a position where other people can see it [= put]:
move part of body[transitive always + adverb/preposition]
Clara stuck her head around the door to see who was there.
The baby stuck his legs in the air.
Don't stick your tongue out, it's rude!
if something sticks, it becomes fixed in one position and is difficult to move:
difficult to move[intransitive]
This door keeps sticking.
The wheels stuck fast (=stuck completely) in the mud.
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.
to prove that something is true:
Is there enough evidence to make the charges stick?
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.
used to say angrily that you do not want what someone is offering you:
I told them they could stick their job.
to continue to accept a situation or person, even though you do not like them [= stand]:
stay in bad situation[transitive] British English spoken
I can't stick 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 it.
11 British English stick in somebody's craw American English
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.
if words stick in your throat, you are unable to say them because you are afraid or upset
food that sticks to your ribs is very satisfying, so you are not hungry after you have eaten
stick aroundphrasal verb
Perhaps you'd like to stick around and watch?
Tom will be sticking around for a while.
stick at somethingphrasal verb
to continue doing something in a determined way in order to achieve something:
Revising with your friends may help you stick at it.
stick by somebody/somethingphrasal verb
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.
Jean has stuck by her husband 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.
stick outphrasal verb
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.
to continue doing something that is difficult, painful, or boring:
It wasn't a happy period of his life, but he stuck it 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.
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 out for somethingphrasal verb
They offered him £250 but Vic stuck out for £500.
stick to somethingphrasal verb
to do or keep doing what you said you would do or what you believe in, even when it is difficult [= keep to]:
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 stick to his word this time.
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.
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.
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.
to do something exactly according to the rules
to stay on a marked path or road so that you do not get lost
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?
8 American English informal
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.
9 American English informal
to make someone suffer, pay a high price etc:
The politicians stick it to the tourists because the tourists don't vote.
stick togetherphrasal verb
We're a family, and we stick together no matter what.
stick upphrasal verb
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.
2 spoken informal
used to tell someone to raise their hands when threatening them with a gun - used in films, stories etc
stick up for somebodyphrasal verb
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/somebodyphrasal verb
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:
If you stick with it, your playing will gradually get better.
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.