stick it v.
1. (also stick in, stick on, stick it through) to persist, to continue in something, esp. a job.
|Margaret (1851) II 63: Fair or foul, hot and cold, mud and dust, I stick it through.|
|Pall Mall Gaz. 21 Sept. 7/2: The costers were alll out with the stalls full of wares as usual [...] The summonses have not yet been issued [...]The men mean to ‘stick on’ as they are [...] at least for a time .|
|Hist. of Mr Polly (1946) 218: ‘I shall stick it,’ he whispered at last.|
|Marvel 14 Aug. 4: ‘Stick it, Sandy!’ called out little Sid encouragingly.|
|Living (1978) 210: Stick it, you’ll be out soon.|
|Night and the City 105: ‘Me?’ said Mary with dignity, ‘I couldn’t stick it.’.|
|‘Western Desert Madness’ in Airman’s Song Book (1945) 144: But we’re resolved to stick it, and fight it out all on our own.|
|Diamonds Are Forever (1958) 131: Won’t be long, Ernie. Try and stick it.|
|Jeeves in the Offing 47: You’ll have to clench your teeth and stick it.|
|Apprentices (1970) I i: I sometimes think I won’t do it, but I told my mother I would stick in.|
|Start in Life (1979) 28: Yet it was so easy that I stuck it.|
|Eng. Madam 71: He was thunderstruck when I said I was going to stick it in London for the summer.|
|Indep. 25 Feb. 12: How long I will go on and how long I can stick it.|
2. (US teen) to succeed in an achievement or trick.
|Teen Lingo: The Source for Youth Ministry [Internet] sticking it v. Pulling off a feat or trick. Landing a trick on a board, motocross bike, etc. ‘Did you see Nathan sticking it out there on the wake board?’.|
to persist, to tolerate a situation (esp. an unpleasant one).
|Late Mrs Null 66: But I reckon she’ll find that I can stick it out just as long as she can.|
|G’hals of N.Y. 92: But they can’t allers stick it out: there’s such a thing as a breaking heart givin’ way at last.|
|Connecticut Yankee 334: The properties required me to stick it out.|
|Toothsome Tales Told in Sl. 125: He had to stick it out.|
|Harvester 196: She’s got to stick it out until her aunt grows better.|
|Carrying On 306: ‘The other fellows out there have got to go on sticking it out [...].’ ‘And by God [...] what stickers they are.’.|
|letter 19 June in Paige (1971) 153: Also justified in sticking it out in Trieste, at least for the present.|
|Little Caesar (1932) 199: They had been questioning Joe for over two hours [...] But Joe stuck it out.|
|There Ain’t No Justice 226: Me and you’s both in trouble together so I reckon that the best that we can do is to stick it out together.|
|Men of the Und. 140: I stuck it out for almost two months.‘I Was King of the Safecrackers’ in Hamilton|
|Shiralee 73: Let’s stick it out here till the mornin’.|
|House For Mr Biswas 143: Mr Biswas prepared to stick it out.|
|Start in Life (1979) 121: So, clapped-out as I was, I was on my own, and had to stick it out.|
|Down and Out 93: I find it hard to stick it out more than a day or two.|
|(con. 1970s) King Suckerman (1998) 20: Eddie would show them [...] He’d stick it out.|
|Guardian 10 Feb. 5: Ms Halliwell said she would ‘stick it out’ until September.|
see sense 1 above.
SE in slang uses
1. (Aus.) to work hard.
|Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 71: stick it in, to: To work at a fast pace, to put full effort into a task.|
2. see stick it into
see break it off in v.
1. to charge extortionately.
|Tom and Jerry I iv: Must stick it into him for a new pair of kickses, by-and-by.|
|Jorrocks Jaunts (1874) 241: Stickey is the landlord, but he does not stick it in so deep as might be expected from the looks of the house.|
|Household Words Christmas No. 1/1: How they do stick it into parents—particularly hair-cutting, and medical attendance.et al.|
2. (also stick it on) to defraud, to rob, to take advantage of.
|Pettyfogger Dramatized I i: Dam’me, they shan’t stick it into me so—I shall be ruined and starved! [Ibid.] 109: Stick it Into Him. To rob, or ruin a person.|
|Sydney Gaz. 19 Sept. 3/2: Still more improper is the imputation to a speaker of semiments which he never expressed, because the reporter may have been too indolent to take note of what he did express [...] And yet this — which in the slang of the Gallery is called ‘sticking it into a speaker’ — is by no means rarely practised.|
|Martin Chuzzlewit (1995) 445: In short, my good fellow, we stick it into B, up hill and down dale, and make a devilish comfortable little property out of him.|
|Vulgar Tongue 20: Sticking it on, deceiving or defrauding.|
3. (Aus.) to beg for a loan.
|Sporting Times 11 Feb. 4/1: I’ll have to stick it into the governor for a pair of guns or something.|
4. (also stick it in, stick it off, stick it up) to have sexual intercourse (with).
|[||‘Song’ in Pills to Purge Melancholy I 64: And all the while he sticks it in, / The Stones cry Clack, Clack, Clack].|
|Lustful Memoirs of a Young and Passionated Girl 30: She was watching Julia, thinking it must hurt her to have such a big thing stuck into her.|
|in Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 409: I’ll whistle up my dinner / As sure as I’m a sinner, / An’ then I’ll stick it in her, / Down on the Pichelo farm.|
|in Erotic Muse (1992) 254: There was an old lady at the age of sixty-three. / She said, ‘Please, sonny, won’t you stick it into me.’.|
|Annotated Collection of Obscene Humor 49: Down home from where I come from we just walk up to a girl and stick it in ’em, and then we say ‘hello’.|
|Thanatos 119: If you don’t stick it off in that bastard, and keep twisting till he begs, you’re a damn fool.|
|Commitments 78: He’s sticking it into your woman from the shop, Colette, did yis know tha’?|
|Muzukuru 103: You’re kak, you’re just a couple cows – I’d rather stick it up a dog any day.|
|Pimp’s Rap 52: We must have been freaking for at least 25 minutes. I hadn’t stuck it in yet.|
|Jake’s Long Shadow 69: He just stuck it in ’er, bangbangbang, another one up the spout, up the duff.|
5. see stick it to
see stick it into
1. (US) to increase prices.
|Morning Courier and N.-Y. Enquirer 20 May 2/2: As many of our neighbors are boasting they intend ‘sticking it on this season,’ we therefore . . . inform country merchants and dealers that we do not intend to ‘stick it on,’ but that we intend to sell as heretofore all we can for cash and good credit.|
2. to accuse unfairly, to ‘frame up’.
|Bang To Rights 152: A few years ago when I was a kid I had it stuck on me by the law.|
3. to hit, to beat.
|Bang To Rights 61: We [...] were going to have it away, at all cost even if we had to stick it on the screws.|
|(con. mid-1960s) Glasgow Gang Observed 76: Pat jist went mad and stuck it oan him.|
|Big Huey 132: Two of the lads he was talking about were big Island boys [...] and I couldn’t see anyone sticking it on them.|
4. (N.Z.) to have sexual intercourse.
|Big Huey 130: I began thinking about Karen and what she’d done [...] Finally I decided to stick it on her again.|
5. see stick it into
1. to defraud; to take advantage of.
|Ghetto Sketches 116: He oughta stick it to all the old wrinkled up white bitches he can reach, they can afford it.|
|Buppies, B-Boys, Baps and Bohos (1994) 49: He would certainly hurt their project and, as blaxploitation films used to advertise, ‘stick it to the man.’.‘Rappin’ with Russell’ in|
|Everybody Smokes in Hell 147: What are you going to do when you find him, give him a medal for sticking it to whitey?|
|Raiders 135: Not only was he earning [...] but was also sticking it to the skag-dealers.|
2. (US) to treat harshly; to assault violently.
|Man with the Golden Arm 266: Something was awfully wrong, Bednar sticking it to Solly that hard.|
|Godfather 373: You really are one hell of a doctor [...] You don’t bother to use a nice word like sanitarium. You really like to stick it to people, right?|
|Dopefiend (1991) 174: That bastard sure is sticking it to us.|
|(con. 1970) 13th Valley (1983) 320: ‘Aw, they stickin it to us uh-gain,’ [...] ‘We’re getting fucked, L-T.’.|
|Tragic Magic 91: But if you take the chance and push it all the way to trial, and you lose, they’ll stick it to you.|
|Bug (Aus.) 1 Oct. [Internet] At least some federal public servants were thinking straight when they stuck it to Howard by opening up the touted travel rorts affair.|
|in Oxford American 2 Mar. [Internet] A juror told her they’d all wanted to ‘stick it to’ the Elliotts but had concluded that ‘the evidence just wasn’t there’.|
3. (US) to copulate.
|Breaks 233: I knew those guys weren’t sticking it to Kim.|
|Green River Rising 7: You all like to stick it to her but your meat’s just way too small.|
|‘Amanda Gets Zipped’ [Internet] Eddy was an idol to him. He took almost a whole roll of film of him sticking it to his daughter.|
4. to tease, to malign, to attack.
|Guardian Guide 9–15 Oct. 9: Four former Hollywood callgirls sticking it to famous men who’ve stuck it to them.|
|Shooting Dr. Jack (2002) 152: I was, like, her main focus, like all she could think about was sticking it to me.|
5. in fig. use, to consume.
|A Steady Rain I i: I don’t want you going back to that armpit of a bachelor pad and sticking it to a bottle of Schnapps tonight.|
1. to act uncompromisingly towards someone in pursuit of victory.
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 12: He’s been saying how he’s gonna stick it right up you Henry cause he hates Maoris.|
|You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 126: Grungle took on a ten foot crocodile [...] He stuck it up a croc.|
|Lingo 198: stick it up ’em is to fight or to play hard, usually to win.|
|Age (Melbourne) 6 Jan. [Internet] He’d been rep at Toggernmane Station [...] when he stuck it up them. Then he started on the 1956 strike.|
2. see stick it into
3. see stick up v.2
1. (also shove it up someone’s ass, ...rear, tuck it up someone’s ass) to humiliate, to treat badly.
|(con. 1950s) Unit Pride (1981) 282: Miller’s ol’ lady will be out on the street the night she gets this letter, letting everyone who comes along bang her, just to tuck it up Calvin’s ass for spite.|
|Dly Press (Newport News, VA) 12 July 7/4: ‘I’m going to shove it up someone’s rear’.|
|Requiem for a Dream (1987) 39: Cockteasin me [...] and then shove it up my ass wit that fuckin bullshit.|
|Alice in La-La Land (1999) 50: He gives away two hundred bucks just for the pleasure of sticking it up my ass for five seconds.|
|Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 12: I’m being shafted, boys. Blackmailed. Getting it well and truly shoved up my arse.|
|Sweet La-La Land (1999) 153: This is my chance to stick it up Hooligan’s ass.|
2. to betray, to let down.
|Robbers (2001) 191: First time I ain’t watching my back you stick it up my ass.|