To stick by

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • To stick by To adhere closely to; to be firm in supporting
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Quotations

  • Bo Schembechler
    Bo Schembechler
    “When your team is winning, be ready to be tough, because winning can make you soft. On the other hand, when your team is losing, stick by them. Keep believing.”
  • Winston Churchill
    Winston%20Churchill
    “Thus, by every device from the stick to the carrot, the emaciated Austrian donkey is made to pull the Nazi barrow up an ever-steepening hill.”

Usage

In literature:

But why on earth do you stick by those wretched eight whom West has let in to spoil the school?
"Jack of Both Sides" by Florence Coombe
They stick by him and he by them, and we are never made to feel the real horrors of his position.
"Hours in a Library, Volume I. (of III.)" by Leslie Stephen
We might stick by Mr. de Vervillin until it moderated, and then pay our respects to him.
"The Two Admirals" by J. Fenimore Cooper
He picked up the Torchy all by himself and he seems to want to stick to it.
"Torchy As A Pa" by Sewell Ford
By getting Miss Croyden to beat me over the back with a stick, I found that I made fair progress.
"Winsome Winnie and other New Nonsense Novels" by Stephen Leacock
Wanted to know what I meant by it and I said I was sticking a note under your door and he said 'Oh!
"Left End Edwards" by Ralph Henry Barbour
I'm sure you're telling the truth, and I'm going to stick by you.
"A Campfire Girl's First Council Fire" by Jane L. Stewart
End grain can be made to stick only by sizing with thin glue to stop the pores.
"Handwork in Wood" by William Noyes
So-called savages were able to chip flints, to get fire by rubbing sticks of wood, which baffles our handiest workmen.
"India: What can it teach us?" by F. Max Müller
I fixed dat at las' by makin' Mas' Tom mos' swar he'd stick to it dat I wasn't no runaway nigger, an' den I sot out.
"The Big Brother" by George Cary Eggleston
It will stick by me longer, if I get a job to-day.
"The Young Treasure Hunter" by Frank V. Webster
It was fastened to a stick, and fired by a match held in the hand.
"The International Monthly Magazine, Volume 5, No. 1, January, 1852" by Various
Better a hundred times to be scolded and denounced than to be passed by in silence as if one were a stick or a stone.
"Etheldreda the Ready" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
So I'll stick to the old clock still, if you please, and take my time by it as I've been used to do.
"True to his Colours" by Theodore P. Wilson
However, by dint of sticking doggedly to it he did in the end reach the hotel.
"Clayhanger" by Arnold Bennett
He fancied himself held by the collar and a stick raised to punish him.
"Syd Belton" by George Manville Fenn
If you are, stick by them as long as you have a leg to stand upon.
"Held Fast For England" by G. A. Henty
If I didn't stick by him now, I'd never be able to look at myself in a shavin' mirror again.
"The Brand of Silence" by Harrington Strong
He took the key, and followed by his servants armed with sticks, went to ascertain the cause.
"Anecdotes of the Habits and Instinct of Animals" by R. Lee
To a man they chose to stick by the job; so that detail was disposed of.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
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In poetry:

Sae the curse that was spoken aboot the kirk
By auld grey-heided men
Fell on a' wha had ta'en away stick or stane,
An' they cam to a waefu' en'.
"The Weary Weird" by Alexander Anderson
"Stick to each other through thick and thin;
All the closer as age leaks in;
Squalls will blow and clouds will frown,
But stay by your ship till you all go down!"
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Two policemen surrounded by thousands of boys
Crowded waiting their daily bread joys
Carry big whistles and long bamboo sticks
to whack them in line They play hungry tricks
"September On Jessore Road" by Allen Ginsberg
“Which means: by drinking how and when I like,
And sticking to the one unsweetened sample,
I hope in course of time that it will strike
All men to follow up my good example.”
"Jimmy Wood" by Barcroft Henry Boake
I've bought for young Diccon a long walking-stick,
Yellow gloves, well tanned, at Woodstock village made.
I'll teach you to flourish 'em and show your name is DICK,
Strutting by your sister's side with the same parade.
"The Well-Dressed Children" by Robert Graves
Suddenly I found you had left behind by mistake
Your gold-mounted ivory walking stick.
If there were time, I thought,
You might come back from the station to look for it,
But not because
You had not seen me before going away.
"At The Last Watch" by Rabindranath Tagore

In news:

LeAnn Rimes is taking a short break from the treatment center she entered last week and has already taken to Twitter to thank her fans for sticking by her, RadarOnline.com is reporting.
Obama risks all by sticking to his guns while nation nose-dives.
Officials say the family dog had run into the ocean to fetch a stick when it was pulled in by waves.
IStockphotoYou might want to stick with the sealed bag of peanuts, after an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration recently discovered the presence of mice, ants and roaches in airline food .
Evoking traditional, nostalgic holiday flavors and aromas, Duncan Hines already has introduced apple pie and pumpkin spice flavors to the market, followed by the debut of peppermint stick and gingerbread flavor mixes on Nov 1.
I'd buy a box of Hanukkah candles (they were only a buck) and, using a match to melt the wax bottoms, I'd stick them onto a brick, increasing the number of candles by one each night.
Chan and many others in the region hit hard by Sandy are sticking close to what belongings they have left on a cold Election Day, even as a new storm threatens.
IStockphotoYou might want to stick with the sealed bag of peanuts, after an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration recently discovered the presence of mice , ants and roaches in airline food.
You might want to stick with the sealed bag of peanuts, after an investigation by the Food and Drug Administration recently discovered the presence of mice , ants and roaches in airline food.
Usually I like to take a pre-game nap and get ready in the locker room by taping my stick.
For almost two decades, New England Construction has weathered economic storms – and thrived – by sticking to its principles no matter what the climate.
Coordinators' pay increases by 18 percent OU's Castiglione wants assistants to stick around .
Slate Survives by Sticking to Its Staple.
In the weeks just before Sandy, I started listening to a song called "Hurricane" by local band MS MR It's one of those songs that instantly stick, so seeing the band became priority during CMJ last month.
Should you choose to stick with sunscreen after all, here's a helpful blog by former Post staffer and relatively new mom Rachel Saslow about the best sunscreens for babies.
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In science:

At the densities close to the percolation threshold nc , only a fraction but not all the sticks and junctions in the system contribute to the conductivity, by carrying some current.
From percolating to dense random stick networks: Conductivity model investigation
Finally, the MC conductivity values normalized with the stick conductance Gs and fitted by Eq. (7) for the systems of size L/l = 20 and conductance ratios from Gj /Gs = 0.001 to 1000 are shown in Fig. 5(a).
From percolating to dense random stick networks: Conductivity model investigation
Ishwaran and Zarepour [2000] examine two separate finite approximations to the full CRP stick length model; one uses a parametric approximation to the full infinite model, and the other creates a truncation by setting the stick break at some fixed size K to be 1: VK = 1.
Clusters and features from combinatorial stochastic processes
The practicality and, indeed, speed of these methods in the case of stick-breaking for the CRP (Example 10) have been demonstrated by Blei and Jordan [2006]. A number of different models for the stick lengths corresponding to the features of an IBP (Example 11) have been discovered.
Clusters and features from combinatorial stochastic processes
This sampling is particularly easy in some cases [Neal, 2000] if we can treat Yn as the last random variable in the sequence, but this treatment requires exchangeability. A way to get around this dilemma was suggested by Aldous [1985] and appeared above in our motivation for using stick lengths.
Clusters and features from combinatorial stochastic processes
Sticking the fibers to the connector holes was still done by hand and rather time consuming. A part of the polished endface of one of our detectors is shown in fig. 5.
Testrun results from prototype fiber detectors for high rate particle tracking
However, for definiteness and simplicity we stick to the setting described by the Hamiltonian (1).
The random geometry of equilibrium phases
H atoms colliding with a grain of radius a which are converted to H2 ; γ < 1 since not all impinging H atoms will “stick”, and some of those which stick may later be removed from the surface by some process other than H2 formation.
Astrophysics of Dust in Cold Clouds
In this work we stick to the short-distance constraints ruled by the VAP Green function, thus we assume λ0 as given by Eq. (12).
tau -> pi pi pi nu_tau decays and the a_1(1260) off-shell width revisited
As the last three sections of these notes are entirely concerned with topics discussed only in the expanded version of Lurie’s thesis [Lur09e, Lur09a, Lur09b, Lur09c], we will usually stick to Lurie’s terminology, but we will frequently mention the corresponding terminology employed by Joyal [Joy08b].
A short course on infinity-categories
The desideratum (1) could be supplemented by conditions for t ≥ κ(ϑ) in different ways, see [9, page 162] for one possibility, but we stick to (1) as it is.
Confidence bounds for the sensitivity lack of a less specific diagnostic test, without gold standard
However, we prefer to stick to our old notation since the term degree is consistent with the cohomology defined by the coboundary operator δ (see Proposition 3.4).
Integral Invariants of 3-Manifolds. II
The ambiguity is made even more severe by the fact that even when one sticks exclusively to one’s favorite algorithm, the results may depend strongly on the values assigned to various parameters of the particular algorithm.
Resampling Method For Unsupervised Estimation Of Cluster Validity
Since the resulting expressions are very lengthy and cumbersome, yet obtainable by automated software, we prefer to stick to the integral representations which are easier to manipulate.
Inclusive Heavy Flavor Hadroproduction in NLO QCD: the Exact Analytic Result
This sticking can be modeled by introducing a viscosity in the Burgers equation in order to represent the effect of strong gravitational forces or pressure effects in the vicinity of a caustic.
BEC dark matter, Zeldovich approximation and generalized Burgers equation
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