Stick at

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Stick at to hesitate: to persist at
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Quotations

  • Samuel Johnson
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    “Fly fishing may be a very pleasant amusement; but angling or float fishing I can only compare to a stick and a string, with a worm at one end and a fool at the other.”
  • Bible
    Bible
    “Some friends play at friendship, but a true friend sticks closer than one's nearest kin. [Proverbs 18:24]”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look at what they can do when they stick together.”

Idioms

More than you can shake a stick at - If you have more of something than you can shake a stick at, then you have a lot.
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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:

He was flourishing a stick at the steer.
"Dave Porter at Star Ranch" by Edward Stratemeyer
It is not a time to stick at trifles.
"The Danvers Jewels, and Sir Charles Danvers" by Mary Cholmondeley
It broke off branches and threw sticks at him.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 12" by Elbert Hubbard
The masts snapped at the board, like rotten sticks.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
He had gone too far to stick at any scruples.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
I shrieked and shouted after the lynx, whirling my stick at him, but it was to no purpose.
"Dick Onslow" by W.H.G. Kingston
Having collected a number of sticks, I scraped away the snow at a short distance from the trees, and piled them up.
"Snow Shoes and Canoes" by William H. G. Kingston
However, I had taken the precaution to carry my forked stick, and drawing it nearer continued at my work with an easier mind.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
But these Ramsgate men would stick at nothing.
"Battles with the Sea" by R.M. Ballantyne
The stick pointed straight toward the Narrows, at the entrance to the harbor.
"The Secret Wireless" by Lewis E. Theiss
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In poetry:

For we consider'd thee as at some six
Or ten yeares hence
After the losse of life and sense,
Flesh being turn'd to dust, and bones to sticks.
"Death" by George Herbert
But no - the lout sticks to his brass,
Though shares at par I freely proffer:
Yet - will it be believed? - the ass
Declines, with thanks, my well-meant offer!
"The Folly of Brown -" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Each day when it's anighing three
Old Dick looks at the clock,
Then proudly brings my stick to me
To mind me of our walk.
And in his doggy rapture he
Does everything but talk.
"My Dog's My Boss" by Robert W Service
In the April sun at baby-house she plays.
Her rooms are traced with stones and bits of bricks;
For warmth she lays a hearth with little sticks,
And one bright crocus makes a merry blaze!
"By the Fireside II" by William Canton
Of a dog touches you and makes you rise
Upon one arm to pat him; and he licks
Your hand for that. A child is throwing sticks,
Hard by, at some half-dozen cows, which fix
Upon him their unmoved contented eyes.
"Fancies At Leisure - I" by William Michael Rossetti
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

In news:

Purchase a Thermal Dynamics CUTMASTER plasma cutter between October 1 and December 31 and receive a free Thermal Arc 95 S Stick welding kit valued at $341.
DURHAM, NC — Bryan Silverman is a sophomore at Duke University and a finalist to become Entrepreneur magazines College Entrepreneur of 2012 for sticking his rear end out there and taking a chance, according to Duke Today.
2014 Forester debuts at L.A. All-new Subaru sticks to proven formula .
Megan Reilly set for a graduation night show at Two Stick.
Showroom at Talking Stick Resort.
Sticking their necks out at the Fine Line.
What's faster than a TGV train, has more turbochargers than you can shake a stick at, and boasts a convertible top.
Small Stone Records at the Magic Stick.
Sticking to high standards isn't always the easy road, but it's the way of doing business at Bland Landscaping.
That Night At The Two-Stick.
There was a postgame fireworks show at Linganore High School on Friday, and someone told Frederick coach Vince Ahearn he should stick around to enjoy it.
Don Mattingly is sticking with Dee Gordon at Dodgers leadoff spot.
Jets sticking with Sanchez, looking at everything.
It happened at Hickory Stick and Rock Hollow Rd.
A plan you stick to is vital to investment success at any age.
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In science:

As discussed in the previous section, paths from the DyDW at different dynamical times interact by sticking.
Subdiffusive and Superdiffusive Exceptional Times in the Dynamical Discrete Web
We call n ∈ Z a “sticking time” if a Y τ -path and a Y τ (cid:48) the same arrow at time n.
Subdiffusive and Superdiffusive Exceptional Times in the Dynamical Discrete Web
The Navier-Stokes equations are:   Due to fluid viscosity, the fluid is sticking on the particle and fluid velocity at particle boundary is equal to the particle velocity (second to last equality).
The camera method, or how to track numerically a deformable particle moving in a fluid network
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
The algorithm is barely random in the sense that it randomly chooses between two deterministic algorithms at the beginning and then sticks with it thereafter.
Improved Randomized Online Scheduling of Intervals and Jobs
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