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sting

2 noun
     
Related topics: Animals, Insects
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1

wound

[countable]HBI a wound or mark made when an insect or plant stings you:
2

insect

[countable] British EnglishHBAHBI the sharp needle-shaped part of an insect's or animal's body, with which it stings you [= stinger American English]
3

pain

[singular] 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 tail

if a story, event, or announcement has a sting in its tail, there is an unpleasant part at the end of it
5 [singular] the upsetting or bad effect of a situation:
the sting of rejection
take 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

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