stick up

Definitions

  • The rear end of a rabbit sticks out of a rolled-up map
    The rear end of a rabbit sticks out of a rolled-up map
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v stick up defend against attack or criticism "He stood up for his friend","She stuck up for the teacher who was accused of harassing the student"
    • v stick up rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pucks hit by hockey sticks have reached speeds of up to 150 miles per hour
    • Stick up to stand up: to waylay and plunder, as a mail-coach by bushrangers
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Quotations

  • Japanese Proverb
    Japanese Proverb
    “The nail that sticks up will be hammered down.”
  • 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.”

Idioms

Up sticks - (UK) If you up sticks, you leave somewhere, usually permanently and without warning- he upped sticks and went to work abroad.
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Up the stick - (UK) If a woman is up the stick, she's pregnant.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. stecan (assumed); Ger. stechen, Dut. steken; also A.S. stician, Ger. stecken, to set, stick fast.

Usage

In literature:

Mind you stick up for it, old fellow.
"Eric, or Little by Little" by Frederic W. Farrar
On landing, we hauled up the canoe, and then commenced collecting sticks for a fire.
"In the Wilds of Africa" by W.H.G. Kingston
The nails sticking up on the floor are to hold the nest so the wind will not blow it away.
"Woodland Tales" by Ernest Seton-Thompson
What did you stick up for him for if you hated him?
"The Promise" by James B. Hendryx
It's sticking faster than I can scratch it up, it's boiled over the stove three times, and I've filled up four pans already.
"At the Little Brown House" by Ruth Alberta Brown
Wyvis has a knack of getting women to stick up for him.
"A True Friend" by Adeline Sergeant
Raymond helped him to cover them up, and then he put more sticks upon the top.
"Caleb in the Country" by Jacob Abbott
As he leaped, I hit him with the stick in my hand; and he fetched up against the wall, on the inside of the closet.
"Down South" by Oliver Optic
The sticks were about eight feet long, and suitable for such a stockade as I had seen at the fort twenty miles up the Missouri.
"Field and Forest" by Oliver Optic
And they saw Paul and Padger stick up two or three forms on end, to represent a castle.
"The Fifth Form at Saint Dominic's" by Talbot Baines Reed
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In poetry:

I’m finished with the bush for good,
I’m off to Wagga town
Where they won’t stick a swaggie up
Or take a swaggie down.
"The Swagless Swaggie" by Edward Harrington
Tied up in white,
The comical sight
Made her clap her hands and laugh outright!
The dame, perplexed
And dreadfully vexed,
Got a stick and said, "I'll whip her next!"
"Jack And Jill" by Clara Doty Bates
A half-moon host of churls with flags and sticks
Hallooed and hurtled up the partridge brood,
And Death clapped hands from all the echoing thicks,
And trampling envy spied me where I stood;
"The Giant Puff-Ball" by Edmund Blunden
Though as for the 'stuck up' no walls built of brick,
Or granite, or marble, or dirty red sand,
Could stick up a man who himself's but a stick,
An inch above where he would naturally stand.
"Mrs. Merdle Suggesteth That Dinner Being Finished, The Gentlement Will Smoke. In The Meantime, She D" by Horatio Alger Jr
As vonce I valked by a dismal swamp,
There sot an old cove in the dark and damp,
And at everybody as passed that road
A stick or a stone this old cove throwed.
And venever he flung his stick or his stone,
He'd set up a song of "Let me alone."
"All We Ask Is To Be Let Alone" by Henry Howard Brownell
A stick's a michty prize to him, if twice as lang's himsel';
A wood sword gars him brichten up, an' try to cut an' fell;
Gude keep him frae the fife an' drum, when he grows braid an' stark—
I wadna like tae see him list tae dae sic bluidy wark.
"Oor Johnnie" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Brooklyn Police Release Video as Part of Self-Storage Stick-Up Investigation.
92.9 Jack FM held a resolution busting Stick Up today at the Quaker Crossing shopping plaza in Orchard Park, New York.
Stick up for yourself.
1 booked in Oxycodone stick-up .
I'm gonna stick up for Tom Terrific.
Hey, somebody's gotta stick up for the Browns.
I have to stick up for players if they don't get fair shake.
Mary Still will stick up for her constituents.
State department of transportation wants to put a sign along the northbound freeway but city officials say it would stick up over a sound wall and cause visual impacts in a nearby neighborhood.
The Texas Rangers are sticking with the same lineup that put up eight runs on 12 hits in Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
Reformed stick-up artist Donnie Andrews, pictured here with wife Fran Boyd, died of a heart attack in New York City ( "Why Murder".
Robber makes off with clerk 's car after stick-up in Oxford.
BMW Championships heat up-inside and outside Crooked Stick.
Ann Marie Buerkle says that she sticks up for rape victims.
This indicates how high the knife sticks up above the cutterhead.
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In science:

The reason we would stick to rigorousness also lies in the time scale of early evolution after the heavy-ion collision. A larger µ may lift the underestimated energy and multiplicity up at the cost of changing the time scale ∝ 1/µ.
Randomness in infinitesimal extent in the McLerran-Venugopalan model
We will have to stick to this language while writing up the axioms and investigating our theory.
A logic road from special relativity to general relativity
Grains in protoplanetary disks grow from sub-micron sizes up to mm sizes by sticking together in low-velocity collisions.
Very High Angular Resolution Science with the Square Kilometre Array
Notice that t − G(t) is the amount of time spent sticking up to time t.
Subdiffusive and Superdiffusive Exceptional Times in the Dynamical Discrete Web
Some flakes tend to stick up after the fabrication process (see Fig. 1a), at a wedge angle α∈ [5◦ ; 35◦ ], and these leave a wedge gap of length h(x, y) in the range between 0.3 and 3 microns.
Local Optical Probe of Motion and Stress in a multilayer graphene NEMS
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