Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stick it v.

1. (also stick in, stick on, stick it through) to persist, to continue in something, esp. a job.

[US]S. Judd Margaret (1851) II 63: Fair or foul, hot and cold, mud and dust, I stick it through.
[UK]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 .
[UK]H.G. Wells Hist. of Mr Polly (1946) 218: ‘I shall stick it,’ he whispered at last.
[UK]Marvel 14 Aug. 4: ‘Stick it, Sandy!’ called out little Sid encouragingly.
[UK]‘Henry Green’ Living (1978) 210: Stick it, you’ll be out soon.
[UK]G. Kersh Night and the City 105: ‘Me?’ said Mary with dignity, ‘I couldn’t stick it.’.
[UK] ‘Western Desert Madness’ in C.H. Ward-Jackson Airman’s Song Book (1945) 144: But we’re resolved to stick it, and fight it out all on our own.
[UK]I. Fleming Diamonds Are Forever (1958) 131: Won’t be long, Ernie. Try and stick it.
[UK]Wodehouse Jeeves in the Offing 47: You’ll have to clench your teeth and stick it.
[UK]P. Terson Apprentices (1970) I i: I sometimes think I won’t do it, but I told my mother I would stick in.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 28: Yet it was so easy that I stuck it.
[UK]P. Bailey Eng. Madam 71: He was thunderstruck when I said I was going to stick it in London for the summer.
[UK]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.

[US]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?’.

In phrases

stick it out (v.)

to persist, to tolerate a situation (esp. an unpleasant one).

F.R. Stockton Late Mrs Null 66: But I reckon she’ll find that I can stick it out just as long as she can.
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ 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.
[US]‘Mark Twain’ Connecticut Yankee 334: The properties required me to stick it out.
[US]‘Billy Burgundy’ Toothsome Tales Told in Sl. 125: He had to stick it out.
[UK]G. Stratton-Porter Harvester 196: She’s got to stick it out until her aunt grows better.
[UK]‘Ian Hay’ Carrying On 306: ‘The other fellows out there have got to go on sticking it out [...].’ ‘And by God [...] what stickers they are.’.
[US]E. Pound letter 19 June in Paige (1971) 153: Also justified in sticking it out in Trieste, at least for the present.
[US]W.R. Burnett Little Caesar (1932) 199: They had been questioning Joe for over two hours [...] But Joe stuck it out.
[UK]J. Curtis 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.
[US]H. Wilson ‘I Was King of the Safecrackers’ in Hamilton Men of the Und. 140: I stuck it out for almost two months.
[Aus]D. Niland Shiralee 73: Let’s stick it out here till the mornin’.
[WI]V.S. Naipaul House For Mr Biswas 143: Mr Biswas prepared to stick it out.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 121: So, clapped-out as I was, I was on my own, and had to stick it out.
[UK]T. Wilkinson Down and Out 93: I find it hard to stick it out more than a day or two.
[US](con. 1970s) G. Pelecanos King Suckerman (1998) 20: Eddie would show them [...] He’d stick it out.
[UK]Guardian 10 Feb. 5: Ms Halliwell said she would ‘stick it out’ until September.
stick it through (v.)

see sense 1 above.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

stick it into (v.)

1. to charge extortionately.

[UK]W.T. Moncrieff Tom and Jerry I iv: Must stick it into him for a new pair of kickses, by-and-by.
[UK]R.S. Surtees 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.
[UK]Dickens et al. Household Words Christmas No. 1/1: How they do stick it into parents—particularly hair-cutting, and medical attendance.

2. (also stick it on) to defraud, to rob, to take advantage of.

[UK]‘T.B. Junr.’ 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.
[Aus]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.
[UK]Dickens 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.
[UK]‘Ducange Anglicus’ Vulgar Tongue 20: Sticking it on, deceiving or defrauding.

3. (Aus.) to beg for a loan.

[UK]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).

[[UK] ‘Song’ in Playford Pills to Purge Melancholy I 64: And all the while he sticks it in, / The Stones cry Clack, Clack, Clack].
[UK]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.
[US] in Randolph & Legman 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.
[US] in E. Cray 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.’.
[US]R. Buehler 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’.
[US]F. Hilaire Thanatos 119: If you don’t stick it off in that bastard, and keep twisting till he begs, you’re a damn fool.
[Ire]R. Doyle Commitments 78: He’s sticking it into your woman from the shop, Colette, did yis know tha’?
[SA]P. Hotz Muzukuru 103: You’re kak, you’re just a couple cows – I’d rather stick it up a dog any day.
[US]‘Master Pimp’ Pimp’s Rap 52: We must have been freaking for at least 25 minutes. I hadn’t stuck it in yet.
[NZ]A. Duff 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

stick it on (v.)

1. (US) to increase prices.

[US]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’.

[UK]F. Norman 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.

[UK]F. Norman Bang To Rights 61: We [...] were going to have it away, at all cost even if we had to stick it on the screws.
[UK](con. mid-1960s) J. Patrick Glasgow Gang Observed 76: Pat jist went mad and stuck it oan him.
[NZ]G. Newbold 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.

[NZ]G. Newbold 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

stick it to (v.)

1. to defraud; to take advantage of.

[US]O. Hawkins Ghetto Sketches 116: He oughta stick it to all the old wrinkled up white bitches he can reach, they can afford it.
[US]N. George ‘Rappin’ with Russell’ in 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.’.
[US]J. Ridley Everybody Smokes in Hell 147: What are you going to do when you find him, give him a medal for sticking it to whitey?
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 135: Not only was he earning [...] but was also sticking it to the skag-dealers.

2. (US) to treat harshly; to assault violently.

[US]N. Algren Man with the Golden Arm 266: Something was awfully wrong, Bednar sticking it to Solly that hard.
[US]M. Puzo 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?
[US]D. Goines Dopefiend (1991) 174: That bastard sure is sticking it to us.
[US](con. 1970) J.M. Del Vecchio 13th Valley (1983) 320: ‘Aw, they stickin it to us uh-gain,’ [...] ‘We’re getting fucked, L-T.’.
[US]S.L. Hills 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.
[Aus]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.
[US]N. Tabor 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.

[US]R. Price Breaks 233: I knew those guys weren’t sticking it to Kim.
[US]T. Willocks Green River Rising 7: You all like to stick it to her but your meat’s just way too small.
[US]Willowall ‘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.

[UK]Guardian Guide 9–15 Oct. 9: Four former Hollywood callgirls sticking it to famous men who’ve stuck it to them.
[US]N. Green 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.

[US]K. Huff 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.
stick it up (v.)

1. to act uncompromisingly towards someone in pursuit of victory.

[Aus]R.G. Barrett 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.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett You Wouldn’t Be Dead for Quids (1989) 126: Grungle took on a ten foot crocodile [...] He stuck it up a croc.
[Aus]G. Seal Lingo 198: stick it up ’em is to fight or to play hard, usually to win.
[Aus]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

stick it up someone’s ass (v.) [ass n. (2)] (US)

1. (also shove it up someone’s ass, ...rear, tuck it up someone’s ass) to humiliate, to treat badly.

[US](con. 1950s) McAleer & Dickson 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’.
[US]H. Selby Jr Requiem for a Dream (1987) 39: Cockteasin me [...] and then shove it up my ass wit that fuckin bullshit.
[US]R. Campbell 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.
[Aus]R.G. Barrett Boys from Binjiwunyawunya 12: I’m being shafted, boys. Blackmailed. Getting it well and truly shoved up my arse.
[US]R. Campbell Sweet La-La Land (1999) 153: This is my chance to stick it up Hooligan’s ass.

2. to betray, to let down.

[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 191: First time I ain’t watching my back you stick it up my ass.