Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stuck adj.

[fig. uses of SE, but note shtuck n.]

1. left in an impossible position, deceived, completely mistaken.

[US]N.Y. Clipper 14 May 2/3: One day [newspaper dealers] sell out quite early; the next day, to use a common expression, they are ‘stuck,’ [...] and it must be remembered that a paper a day old is ‘dead stock.’.
[UK](con. 1840s–50s) H. Mayhew London Labour and London Poor II 18/1: The pawnbrokers have been so often ‘stuck’ (taken in) with inferior instruments, that it is difficult to pledge even a really good violin.
[US]N.E. Police Gaz. (Boston, MA) 12 Oct. 8/1: Why are flats who buck against Jim Stevens’ skin game [...] like swine in a slaughter house? Because they are ‘stuck’ before they know it.
[US]N.O. Picayune 28 Jan. n.p.: Did he buy the horse? Yes, and he was dreadfully stuck: the horse wasn’t worth twenty dollars.
[US]A. Trumble Mysteries of N.Y. 64: [Y]ou was stuck [...] bilked, beat, fooled, you know’.
[US]Ade Fables in Sl. (1902) 84: They were Stuck on it, and had a Job Printer do some Cards for them.
[UK]T.W.H. Crosland ‘Bobs’ Five Notions 46: ’E’s the sort to bring you luck, / General Bobs; / An’ ’e’ll wire you when ’e’s stuck, / Little Bobs.
[UK]A.G. Empey Over the Top 42: Occasionally an issue of ‘Life Rays’ comes along. Then the older Tommies immediately get busy on the recruits, and trade these for Woodbines or Goldflakes. A recruit only has to be stuck once in this manner, and then he ceases to be a recruit.
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in AS VII:5 337: stuck—to be left ‘holding the bag’.
[US]R. Chandler High Window 155: The damn coppers are stuck.
[US]R. Chandler Long Good-Bye 244: ‘Suppose the names don’t show?’ ‘Then I’m stuck.’.
[US]G. Sikes 8 Ball Chicks (1998) 92: ‘Don’t need another little kid stuck facing . . .’ She did not finish the thought.

2. out of money, impoverished.

[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[US]J. O’Connor Wanderings of a Vagabond 478: To use a gambling phrase, ‘he was badly stuck,’ and would have sold himself for money to continue the game.
[Aus]Crowe Aus. Sl. Dict. 82: Stuck, moneyless,‘I’m stuck,’i.e., I have to pay the wager.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 18: I was taking out ten per cent. They all got stuck. That night my receipts amounted to $1,300.
[UK]A. Morrison Tales of Mean Streets (1983) 97: Do try an’ not look like a stuck ninny.
[US]J. London Road 70: The man who was ‘stuck’ had to take a small condensed-milk can, and with it carry water to the winners.
[US]F. Packard White Moll 32: She pulled out the package of banknotes. ‘You aren’t going to get stuck. This’ll see you through whatever happens.’.
[US]D. Runyon ‘Blood Pressure’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 83: Charley is stuck one hundred and thirty G’s.
[US]J. Scarne Complete Guide to Gambling 692: Stuck – lost. ‘I’m stuck fifty dollars.’.
[US]Willie Ritchie in Heller In This Corner (1974) 21: The purse was fifteen dollars and I said I want half or I won’t go in the ring. I was scared to death, but I was stuck.

3. (US black) killed.

[US]Big L ‘Ebonics’ 🎵 And if you got rubbed, you got stuck.

4. see stuck on

In compounds

stuck out (adj.)

(US prison) lazy, forgetful; deprived; also as n., a lazy worker.

[US]C. Shafer ‘Catheads [...] and Cho-Cho Sticks’ in Abernethy Bounty of Texas (1990) 216: stuck out, n. – a slow worker.
[US]Other Side of the Wall: Prisoner’s Dict. July 🌐 Stuck Out: Not getting something that was wanted. ‘You missed’re stuck-out!’ (TX).
stuck-up (n.) [colloq. stuck up, arrogant]

an arrogant, snobbish or reserved person.

[UK] ‘’Arry on the River’ in Punch 9 Aug. 57/1: That I’m sweet on true Swells you’re aweer, but for stuck-ups I don’t care a blow.
H. Benning At Opening Doors 50: ‘I don’t write to stuck-ups.’ ‘You don't know as she is a stuck-up, Hila’.
[US]J. Mitchell Son-Boy in Hatch & Hamalian Lost Plays of Harlem Renaissance (1996) 83: You’s a piece o’ one stuck up dere in dem britches!
[US]Drake & Cayton Black Metropolis 521: People with slight education, small incomes, and few social graces are always referring to the more affluent and successful as ‘dicties,’ ‘stuck-ups,’ ‘muckti-mucks,’ ‘high-toned folks,’ ‘tony people.’.
stuck up (adj.)


[UK]‘Aus. Colloquialisms’ in All Year Round 30 July 68/1: A man in any difficulty or trouble, or at a loss for money or other necessary, is said to be ‘stuck up’.
[Aus]Zeehan and Dundas Herald (Tas.) 26 Oct. 4/6: Through the pot and the turf I’m hard hit and stuck up - / I lost on the Guineas and went broke on the Cup.
[UK]J. Ware Passing Eng. of the Victorian Era 235/2: Stuck up (American-English). Moneyless – very figurative expression derived from being ‘stuck up’ by highwayman, after which you have no money left in your pocket.

In phrases

get stuck (v.)

(US drugs/prison) to experience the effects of K2/spice, a strong synthetic cannabis.

[US]Rayman & Blau Riker’s 171: Those guys get really high. They’d joke about getting epileptic seizures. They call it ‘catching an epi’ or ‘getting stuck’.
get stuck across (v.)

to have sexual intercourse (with).

[UK]B. Aldiss Hand-Reared Boy 162: Who do you reckon was getting stuck across her? I’ll tell you! Angel-Face Knowles! [...] He was getting stuck across her.
get stuck in (v.)

1. to begin, esp. of a meal or a job.

Adelphi 24 230/1: We’ll hev to get stuck into this. Get a start on it, and I’ll get the rest o’ the men .
[UK]G. Kersh Fowlers End (2001) 256: Get stuck into the job, loafers.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Gone Fishin’ 89: They ‘light up’ cigarettes; they say ‘mind out’ when there is danger; they ‘jack up’ when they wish to do nothing; they ‘shout’ without raising their voices when they are buying beer; and they will give you a meat pie and tell you to ‘get stuck into it’.
[UK]G.F. Newman Villain’s Tale 92: They pulled the headgear down a little further as if to disguise themselves better; make sure they weren’t going to come off as they got stuck in.
[UK]C. McPherson The Weir 49: Me and Declan got stuck in.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Birthday 173: He slept until Arthur called that supper was ready. ‘So how about coming down, and getting stuck in?’.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 86: get stuck in/into To fight or engage vigorously in some activity. ANZ C20.

2. to fight; to act in an aggressive manner, esp. in a sporting context.

[UK]P. Terson Apprentices (1970) I ii: fulcher: You have first hit. bagley: No, just get stuck in, just get stuck in.
[UK]P. Barker Liza’s England (1996) 218: You got stuck in seven days a week and bloody did it.
[NZ]McGill Dict. of Kiwi Sl. 49/2: get stuck in! supporter advice to rugby players to become more aggressive or involved; c.1920, migrated to Australia and Britain.
see sense 1.

3. to have sexual intercourse.

[UK](con. WWII) B. Aldiss Soldier Erect 140: Living with a beautiful and rich Indian girl [...] and of course getting stuck in every day.
get stuck into (v.) (orig. Aus./N.Z.)

1. to start any form of activity; the implication is one of enthusiasm and activity.

[[UK]Swell’s Night Guide 68: She has done stunning, and copped a lummy slum of bonna scran. So if you likes to drop in at the arms over the vay, and stick into the munjary, there’s plenty of peck for the tripe box].
[UK](con. 1914–18) Brophy & Partridge Songs and Sl. of the British Soldier 167: ‘Get stuck into it!’ meant ‘Work hard, don’t dally!’.
[UK]J. Curtis Gilt Kid 39: Watching her get stuck into it that way, [he] began to feel a bit snackish himself.
[UK]J. Curtis They Drive by Night 52: Come on, for Christ’s sake. Get stuck into it.
[Aus]Baker Popular Dict. Aus. Sl. 31: Get stuck into [...] To tackle a job with a will.
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 24: We got stuck into the beer, gin and whisky. [Ibid.] 84: There were a few things to clear up and I got stuck into them.
[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 102: At the start of a lesson I’d get stuck into my work and finish early.
[Aus]S. Gore Holy Smoke 43: So he gets stuck into prayin’ for a bit.
[UK]A. Sillitoe Start in Life (1979) 17: I hope it gets cold and stale while you get stuck into your hearthrug pie.
[UK]A. Burgess 1985 (1980) 225: Get stuck into what’s getting you worried and get it out of the way.
[Aus]A. Weller Day of the Dog 110: The stupid old tit got stuck into the metho.
[Aus]B. Humphries Traveller’s Tool 124: That young bloke of mine is currently getting stuck into computer games like Space Invaders which really puts his grey matter to the test.
[UK]Galton & Simpson Best of Steptoe and Son 4: ‘Get stuck into the La Tâche,’ we said, fearful that he would send it back on the grounds that red wine does not go with the fish.
[Aus]T. Winton Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster (1995) 71: John East sat down and got stuck into a plate of eggs and bacon.
[Aus](con. 1945–6) P. Doyle Devil’s Jump (2008) 187: There were maybe two or three hundred people [...] getting stuck into the grog.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 86: get stuck in/into To fight or engage vigorously in some activity. ANZ C20.

2. to start a fight with someone.

[UK]N&Q 12 Ser. IX 384: Stuck Into (To Get). To attack. ‘We got properly stuck into Jerry.’.
[Aus]G. Casey ‘Short Shift Saturday’ in Mann Coast to Coast 224: A bit o’ peace after Don Bell’s trouble this morning and then you an’ Winch nearly getting stuck into each other at the pub.
[Aus]L. Glassop We Were the Rats 10: Wasn’t I in enough trouble with George getting stuck into me with his full battery.
[Aus]S.L. Elliott Rusty Bugles I v: My cobber is up at Lae right now getting stuck into the Japs.
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 50: The two of ’em were always getting stuck into me.
[UK]G.W. Target Teachers (1962) 91: The Old Man got stuck into him on the quiet.
[UK]F. Norman Guntz 62: The only thing to do was to get stuck into him there and then.
[Aus](con. 1930s) F. Huelin ‘Keep Moving’ 56: Individually we had all experienced the urge to get stuck into the railway thugs.
[Aus]K. Gilbert Living Black 38: They all got stuck into ’em, gave ’em a hell of a lacing.
see sense 1.

3. to abuse verbally.

[Aus]L. Glassop Lucky Palmer 1: If the coppers raid this joint they’ll get stuck into me for letting you on the premises.
[Aus]D. Stivens Jimmy Brockett 232: Bob had persuaded me up to now to go easy, but I wasn’t holding off much longer, by hang! I was going to get stuck into the lot of them and rip hell out of them.
[Aus]‘Nino Culotta’ Cop This Lot 148: Is he gettin’ stuck inter yer, Nino?
[NZ]B. Crump ‘Bastards I Have Met’ in Best of Barry Crump (1974) 257: Fusk had had that girl [...] standing on her desk for about twenty minutes and he was going to get stuck into her any minute.
stuck for (adj.)

owing, in debt.

[US]H.L. Court ‘Live Bait’ in Spicy Detective Stories Nov. 🌐 ‘How much am I stuck for, buddy?’ The driver said, ‘One buck, two bits.’.
stuck in moving parts (adj.)

at cross-purposes.

[Ire]J.-P. Jordan Joys of War 7: [S]oon I got stuck in moving parts to whoever was barking the orders and pointing .
stuck on (adj.) (also stuck, stuck after)(orig. US)

1. in sexual senses, obsessed with, in love with.

Weekly New Mexican 15 Sept. 2/3: I got ‘stuck’ on sight after one of the girls [DA].
[US]G.G. Hart E.C.B. Susan Jane 13: And he’s dead-stuck on a gal called Fan.
[US]Lantern (New Orleans, LA) 20 Oct. 3: Poor charles Ernest is so stuck on a fairy named Emma Brown, that she can make him do anything she wishes.
[Aus]Dead Bird (Sydney) 22 Nov. 1/2: ‘I am really carried away by you,’ lovingly said the letter to the stomp. ‘And I am stuck upon you myself,’ returned the stamp.
[US]W.J. Kountz Billy Baxter’s Letters 49: Now you want to know how a fellow is going to tell positively when he is stuck on a girl, do you?
[UK]Albert Chevalier in Before I Forget (1901) 232: Lizer finks I’m stuck on Nell Perry, but as I sez, I admires ’er as a hartist, but it don’t foller ’cos I blews a bob for a front seat in the Gawds of a Saturday night as I’m goin’ to hoffer ’er marriage.
[US]H. Green Maison De Shine 67: What’s the use gettin’ stuck on a skirt when you’re roped an’ tied already?
[US]M. Glass Potash and Perlmutter 99: You can’t blame a young feller if he gets stuck on a nice girl like Miss Kreitmann.
[UK]Wodehouse ‘The Romance Of An Ugly Policeman’ (in Man with Two Left Feet) 180: He’s the fellow you’re stuck on.
[US]J. Callahan Man’s Grim Justice 32: Rose, his girl, is dead stuck on y’, Jackie.
[US]J. Lait Gangster Girl 26: He was—Annie’s heart sank; he was ‘stuck’. She had gone up against that all her life. She exercised that effect on men.
[Aus]D. Stivens Tramp and Other Stories 188: The chaps think I’m a bit stuck on her but I’m not.
[US]Z.N. Hurston Seraph on the Suwanee (1995) 866: Oh, the fool is stuck on you, Mrs Meserve. Sweet on you and cutting the fool.
[UK]K. Howard Small Time Crooks 29: The guy was stuck all right and she need not worry.
[Aus]D. Niland Big Smoke 38: She’s stuck on you.
[US]F. Kohner Gidget Goes Hawaiian 75: You’re not by any chance getting stuck on that character?
[Aus]W. Dick Bunch of Ratbags 185: I had never really got stuck on any particular doll.
[Aus]D. Ireland Glass Canoe (1982) 182: She’s stuck on him, you can see that.
[US]A. Maupin Tales of the City (1984) 227: [of a man] You’re stuck on that Tolliver kid, aren’t you?
[US]W.T. Vollmann You Bright and Risen Angels (1988) 245: Here’s this pretty girl obviously stuck on him.
[US]‘Bill E. Goodhead’ Nubile Treat 🌐 When I was a little girl, I was really stuck on a boy at school, and when I’d be in bed masturbating, I’d pretend that he was going to walk in on me.
[US]Allecto ‘Buddy Fuck’ 🌐 ‘What the fuck is Chris thinking?’ ‘I don’t know,’ Wade said. ‘I’m still stuck on Joey.’.
[US]A. Steinberg Running the Books 82: A bitch like me can't be stuck on chuck, the boss is lost, for nada.

2. in non-sexual senses, very keen on, devoted to.

[US]Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 6 Nov. 14/1: Kllroy is dead stuck on going to California this winter .
[US]World (N.Y.) 5 June 11/2: For him to let Hecker go would raise a howl all along the line. Louisville is ‘stuck’ on Hecker.
[UK]Manchester Courier 26 Apr. 14/6: Nouns and verbs and proverbs [...] everybody in this aige [sic] is dead stuck on ’em .
[US]E. Townsend Chimmie Fadden Explains 55: Say, you know I ain’t stuck on society.
[US]H. Green Mr. Jackson 48: You been fussin’ around them foolish art galleries [...] because you’re stuck on that junk.
[US]J. Lait ‘Omaha Slim’ in Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 119: I’m cert’nly stuck on nacher.
[US]A.D. Boyd letter 18 Nov. 🌐 Each company is to get mule teams, 4 in a team and I may get to drive one of them but I’m not stuck on the job although it would pay more money.
[US]N. Putnam West Broadway 206: Navajos, these were, and didn’t we get stuck on ourselves for knowing the difference between them and the Hopis.
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 97: I don’t want you highbrows to get stuck on yourselves.
[US]T. Thursday ‘It’s Great to be Great’ in Top-Notch Mag. 15 July 🌐 Did you get stuck on one of them fool books, too?
[US]R. Chandler ‘Finger Man’ in Pearls Are a Nuisance (1964) 66: I’m not much stuck on bodyguarding.

3. (US) obsessively hostile towards.

[US]Van Loan ‘Scrap Iron’ in Taking the Count 231: ‘We can talk it [i.e. a challenge to fight] up in the newspapers and make it look like a case of Italian revenge—’ ‘And there might be something in it, too [...] The manager dago ain’t stuck on me – much. I saw it in his eye the night I stopped his brother [...] all I ask is that you have him searched for a knife.’.
stuck with (adj.)

(orig. US) saddled with, unable to get rid of either a person or an object.

[US]N.-Y. Trib. 2 Aug. 2/5: A newsboy the other day [...] had got stuck with a lot of papers on hand.
[US]D. Lamson We Who Are About to Die 199: You’re an absolute cinch to get stuck with it [i.e. a stolen car].
[US]J. Archibald ‘When a Body Meets a Body’ in Popular Detective Sept. 🌐 They flang out both my gentlemen friends and you don’t think I’m going to get stuck with the whole bite, Buster?
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Lead With Your Left (1958) 93: Crazy shopkeeper phoned in he’d been stuck with a couple of queer ones [i.e. bills].
[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 42: I’m afraid [...] that you’re stuck with the bottom bunk.
[Aus]R. McDonald Rough Wallaby 210: The bookies always left Terry ‘without a mintie’, [...] ‘stuck with the undertaker’s job’.
[US]J. Ridley Everybody Smokes in Hell 26: Buddy didn’t care so much about Alf as he cared about being stuck with Alf’s body.