Green’s Dictionary of Slang

stick v.

1. in sexual senses.

(a) (also stick up) of a man, to have heterosexual sexual intercourse; thus sticking n. and adj.

[UK]Dekker Satiromastix III i: Little Adam shee shall bee thy Eeue, for lesse then an Apple [...] send her some token, shee’s greedie, shee shall take it, doe, send, thou shalt sticke in her (Prickeshaft) but send.
[UK]Ratcliffe Upon Mr Bennet (Ramble) 37: [He would] ne’er stick out at any Sin, / For he was still for Sticking’t in.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy IV 298: Oh! kill me, stick me, stick me, / Kill me, kill me quite my dear.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 188: Strait from the place where he did stick her / There came a bright transparent liquor.
[UK]Covent Garden Mag. Dec. 234/1: He begg’d he might lead her to church to the vicar, / And threaten’d, wity oaths, that he shortly would stick her.
[UK] ‘Put Butter in my Donald’s Brose’ in Burns Merry Muses of Caledonia (1965) 100: He wad fight the battle there, / And stick the lass, and a’ that.
[UK] ‘Lord Bateman’s Long Jock’ in Gentleman’s Spicey Songster 20: And with his long jock he went sticking / Young ladies far across the sea.
[UK] ‘The Bill Sticker’ in Nobby Songster 5: Day after day against the wall I’ve / stuck up Mrs. Honey.
[UK]Yokel’s Preceptor 8: This shickster is a tidy sticking piece.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 3: There once was a kiddie named Carr / Caught a man on top of his mar. / As he saw him stick ’er, / He said with a snicker, / ‘You do it much faster than par’.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 247: A lady came in for some cinnamon one day. / ‘What will you have?’ said I. / ‘Sticks,’ she said, and stick her I did.
[UK](con. 1943) A. Myrer Big War 11: Little Miss Teasie-Bubs [...] Baby, you need a stickin’.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 33: He was red hot to take his chance to ‘stick’ that hot Nigger bitch waiting for him in the shadows.
[US] in P.R. Runkel Law Unto Themselves 16: When a man sticks a woman he’s stuck with the whole load.
[UK]S. Berkoff Decadence in Decadence and Other Plays (1985) 9: Your old man’s sticking his nasty in some horrible birds.
[US]R.C. Cruz Straight Outta Compton 59: He tore off her panties and stuck her with his thang.
[UK]Guardian Guide 18–24 Sept. 7: All other women just want their bush sticking.
[US]W.T. Vollmann Royal Family 555: The john [...] doesn’t have enough money to stick her.
[US]G. Pelecanos Way Home (2009) 288: ‘What’s postcoital mean?’ [...] ‘Means after you stick her, stupid’.

(b) to sodomize another man.

[US]M. Braly On the Yard (2002) 253: ‘You stick her, Chilly?’ ‘You know I don’t play.’.
[US]F. Hilaire Thanatos 168: Instead of him laying me, I’m supposed to stick him.

2. in the context of extortion.

(a) to cheat or swindle, esp. to overcharge; thus stuck.

[UK]E. S—cy Country Gentleman’s Vade Mecum 56: And so they draw him on from one set to another and from little Bets to great Ones (till they have stuck him, as they call it) [OED].
[UK]Cheats of London Exposed 9: The unguarded gentleman is drawn on from set to set, and from small bets to large ones, till they have stuck him as they call it. [...] They seldom part with him, till they send him away sweet and clean.
[UK]‘T.B. Junr.’ Pettyfogger Dramatized I iii: ‘Honour among thieves,’ You know, eh! Master! Do I stick at anything?
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 102: stick to cheat; ‘he got stuck,’ he was taken in.
[US]Week in Wall Street in Bartlett Dict. Americanisms (1849) 47: As soon as the whole class of small speculators perceived they had been stuck, they all shut their mouths; no one confessing the ownership of a share.
[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 100: Another bet me the cigars, and I stuck him.
[US]J. Flynt World of Graft 156: The cabby stuck us, and I felt like smashing him, but didn’t do it.
[US]Van Loan ‘The Low Brow’ Big League (2004) 19: They [i.e. evening dress] stuck me seventy bones!
[US]R. Lardner You Know Me Al (1984) 93: I don’t think the old man give me no square deal on that lease but if he wants to stick me all right.
[US]M.C. Sharpe Chicago May (1929) 89: The coveteous contractor was stuck for twenty thousand pounds, and it served him right.
[US]J.L. Kuethe ‘Johns Hopkins Jargon’ in AS VII:5 337: stick—v.—to impose on; to cheat.
[US]R.L. Bellem ‘Dead Don’t Dream’ in Hollywood Detective July [Internet] Let’s get together and stick the slob. Nick him for a grand.
[US]S. Lewis World So Wide 238: How could he know exactly how much you paid for your title? Maybe they stuck you much more than forty-five thousand pounds.
[US]Ragen & Finston World’s Toughest Prison 820: stick – To defraud or cheat.

(b) to take in, to impose upon; thus stuck.

[US]Bartlett Dict. Americanisms 333: to stick. To take in; to impose upon; to cheat in trade. ‘I’m stuck with a counterfeit note;’ ‘He went to a horse sale, and got stuck with a spavined horse.’.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 102: ‘he got stuck,’ he was taken in.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. [as cit. 1859].
[US]Donaldsville Chief (LA) 26 Sept. 1/5: We had the pleasure of seeing him stuck for seven big cart-wheels by a street fakir.
[US]O. Johnson Varmint 60: Bet Butsey’s stuck you pretty hard.
[US]M. Glass Potash And Perlmutter 11: Why should I stick you for my lunch?
[UK]‘Frank Richards’ Billy Bunter at Butlins 44: ‘Think I’d stick a man for anything because I happened to lend him a hand in a jam?’ roared Bob.
[US]G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 84: I stick him for the whole ball of wax, the crabmeat cocktail and everything.

(c) (also stick for) to demand money from.

[US]F. Hutcheson Barkeep Stories 85: ‘Well, I guess dat sticks you, don’t it?’ asked the politician, and the gang involuntarily lined up to the bar.
[Aus]Euroa Advertiser (Vic.) 27 May 3s/1: I’ll stick him for the £2,600.
[US]C.B. Chrysler White Slavery 70: Now wouldn’t a ‘guy’ be a ‘simp’ to go out and stick some ‘rummy’ and get two dollars and ten years.
[US]D.G. Rowse Doughboy Dope 77: He wonders what they will stick him for the ‘blouse and breeches, C.O.D.’.
[US]L. Berg Prison Nurse (1964) 51: The judge stuck me for plenty alimony.
[US](con. 1910s) J. Thompson Heed the Thunder (1994) 111: He don’t step over to the hotel and plunk down maybe a nickel a meal in hard cash, which ain’t no more’n right considering he sticks the county two-bits.
[UK]J. Curtis Look Long Upon a Monkey 212: I think we decided to punish you by sticking you for lunch all round.
[US]‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 209: Always stick a whore for a bundle before you sex her.
[UK]J. Cameron It Was An Accident 157: Anyone got a sawnoff holds up a post office [...] sticks a whole lot.

3. to attack, lit. or fig.

(a) (US) to hit; thus stuck.

[UK]Misogonus in Farmer (1906) II iii: After that, I am sure, there was fought a fray, And one, as had been sticked, did cry out.
[UK]Witchcraft of Love 46: Egad, I shall be forc’d to stick this Tike, or be knock’d down myself.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) argument: But Agamemnon swore he’d stick him, / And got his right leg up to kick him.
[UK]Hist. of John Cheap the Chapman 6: The poor fellow supposing he had seen the d---l [...] gave a roar as if he had been sticked.
[UK]Morn. Chron. (London) 7 Aug. 4/2: They had not lived on good terms lately; he often told her that he would stick her, and be the end of her, that he would put her to bed with a spade.
[UK]Crim.-Con. Gaz. 27 Apr. 133/1: If ebber gentlemans call Jim Crow cockney again him gib Missey Crow leave to stick him.
[UK]T. Hood ‘Masonic Secret’ Works (1862) VII 20: Kick him! Stick him! Bother him!
[Aus]T.A.G. Hungerford Riverslake 121: ‘I saw you stuck into a Balt across the press as I come down.’ [...] He gave a short laugh. ‘I knocked him back on the fourth and he bucked. So I went crook – you let them animals get over you once, and you’re a goner.’.
[US]J.J. Braddock in Heller In This Corner (1974) 174: I kept sticking him.
[US]P. Munro Sl. U. 181: He totally sticked her after the party.
[US]T. Jones Pugilist at Rest 49: Now pop a jab. Stick and move, baby. Get your elbows in. Jab.
[US]Eble Campus Sl. Apr. 6: stick – punch: If he doesn’t stop bothering me, I’m gonna stick him in the face.

(b) (US/UK prison) to charge with a crime.

[US]N. Davis Northerner 317: Then we’ll stick our ‘local capitalists’ for punitive damages in the Federal courts. ‘Sting money’ will make Evert and Hallett sweat worse than the old General did under that B. H. & Q. business.
[US]A.J. Barr Let Tomorrow Come 149: If they can’t stick you straight, they’ll frame you.
[US]Graham & Graham Queer People 246: They can’t stick me for this.
[US]H. Corey Farewell, Mr Gangster! 280: Slang used by English criminals [...] Stuck him on – charged at police station.

(c) to amaze.

[US]S. Ford Shorty McCabe 7: Where do you dig up all of them yarns, anyway? That’s what always sticks me.

(d) (US black) to attack, verbally or physically.

[UK](con. 1920s) McArthur & Long No Mean City 11: He was enraged and ready to ‘stick’ for all he was worth.
[US]J. Jones From Here to Eternity (1998) 188: Everybody sticks the dogface. Even the ex-dogface.
[US]R. Stone Hall of Mirrors (1987) 84: They got a whole lot of sharpies up there [...] gangfightin’ and stickin’ each other with blades.
[US](con. WWII) T. Sanchez Hollywoodland (1981) 72: I bet you wish you were over there right now sticking those Nips, huh?
[US]E. Folb Runnin’ Down Some Lines 102: Applying muscle is seen, for example, in a number of sports-related terms – to fire, to gun, to stuff, to stick.

(e) (US) to defeat.

[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 100: Another bet me the cigars and I stuck him.
[US]D. Jenkins Semi-Tough 112: I believe our defense is ready to stick ’em.

(f) to punish.

[US]J. Thompson Swell-Looking Babe 88: You pull another stunt on him and [...] I’ll stick you for it.

4. to pierce the flesh.

(a) to stab with a knife.

[UK]Proceedings at Sessions (City of London) Feb. 88/2: If I had a Knife, I’d stick ye this Minute. [Ibid.] July 157/2: She catch’d up a Case-Knife, and offer’d to stick me.
[UK]Proceedings Old Bailey 24 Oct. 310/1: I never took the knife to stick the man since the hour I was born.
[UK] ‘George Barnwell Travestie’ in H. Smith Rejected Addresses 121: He whips a long knife in his gizzard [...] Had I stuck to my pruins and figs, / I ne’er had stuck nunky at Camberwell.
[UK]Times 2 Sept. 4/3: Their prisoner [...] struggled to get at his knife to ‘stick’ them as he said.
[UK]T. Hood ‘University Feud’ Works (1862) V 418: As yet they have not took to use their fives, / Or, according as the fashion is, to sticking with their knives.
[Aus]Sth Aus. Register 13 May 3/1: He was [...] threatening to ‘stick’ them both.
[US]‘Ned Buntline’ Mysteries and Miseries of N.Y. IV 38: So, you’d stick a feller, would yer! [Ibid.] V 63: He’ll not want to stick a B’howery b’hoy, afore soon agin!
[US]B. Harte Luck of Roaring Camp (1873) 182: He dropped his old knife. I gave it to you. Why did n’t you stick him?
[UK]Kipling ‘With the Main Guard’ Soldiers Three (1907) 64: Don’t shtick me or I’ll wring your ears round.
[US]A.H. Lewis Boss 130: You take to carryin’ a shave, an’ stickin’ people like pigs!
[US]C. McKay Banjo 29: ‘I would stick him.’ She took from her bosom a tiny argent-headed dagger.
[UK]P. Cheyney Dames Don’t Care (1960) 104: When they ain’t [...] makin’ a swell try to stick the other guy who is one jump ahead of ’em on the same game.
[US]R. Chandler Little Sister 177: With his last ounce of strength he tried to stick me with an ice pick.
[US]C. Himes Crazy Kill 29: Do you know who stuck him?
[US]F. Salas Tattoo the Wicked Cross (1981) 230: You’d have to stick ’im.
[US]E. Torres Carlito’s Way 3: If the Copiens caught you, you knew they were going to stick you.
[US]R. Campbell Alice in La-La Land (1999) 212: She was delivered by Mike Rialto — you know somebody stuck him?
[UK]E. St Aubyn ‘Bads News’ Some Hope (1994) 194: ‘I was going to stick you,’ he said, proudly showing Patrick a small knife.
[US]UGK ‘The Game Belongs To Me’ [lyrics] Blast away, wanna stab us / Get to stickin but make sure you cut us deep.
[UK]S. Kelman Pigeon English 119: Give it up you old bastard or I’ll stick you.

(b) to bayonet.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Aug. 12/1: ‘The Grenadier Guards are to leave London for Africa on Tuesday [...].’ Two years of nigger sticking, it is hoped, will have the effect of reducing the brave fellows to a proper state of subordination.
[Aus]C.H. Thorp Handful of Ausseys 296: Come on Ausseys! [...] Come on, you loves, an’ stick ’em, you boshker boys!

(c) (US) to inject with a hypodermic syringe; thus stuck.

[US](con. 1944) J.H. Burns Gallery (1948) 278: They sticks yo an then they sticks yo again. [Ibid.] 280: This here’s the clap line. We get stuck first. Those with syph come after us.
[US]T. O’Brien Going After Cacciato (1980) 70: ‘Stick him,’ Doc said. ‘Not me, man. You’re the fucking medic.’.
[UK]J. Briskin Too Much Too Soon (1986) 369: The first goddamn puff sets you on the yellow brick road to being a dope fiend, sticking yourself with needles.

5. to render lit. or fig. immobile.

(a) to stymie, to bring or come to a stop, to render or become unable to move; thus sticking.

[US]B.H. Hall College Words (rev. edn) 449: stick [...] An instructor is said to stick a student, when he asks a question which the student is unable to answer.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 Nov. 7/4: Morton Travares, once reprimanding an actor of his employ for ‘sticking,’ was told in retort that he himself had ‘stuck’ on the previous night.

(b) to nonplus; thus stuck for, bereft of ideas.

[UK]Literary Era II 158: I had gone through that old 'Euclid' and could demonstrate every proposition in it [...] you could not stick me on the hardest of them .
[UK]R.L. Stevenson Catriona 64: You must not suppose the Government of Great Britain and Ireland will ever be stuck for want of evidence .

6. (also stick out) to tolerate, to put up with.

[UK]R. Whiteing No. 5 John Street 212: She wanted to come and be crowned. He wouldn’t stick that.
[UK]T.W.H. Crosland ‘Books’ in Five Notions 26: We—can—stick—out, hard work, thirst, an’ weariness.
[UK]C. Holme Lonely Plough (1931) 67: Hope it isn’t a closed shanty, anyway! I can’t stick them, myself.
[Ire]S. O’Casey Juno and the Paycock Act I: It’s a terrible thing to be tied to a woman that’s always grousin’. I don’t know how you stick it.
[Aus]K.S. Prichard Coonardoo 303: Nobody understood why he stuck out life on Wytaliba.
[Aus]N. Lindsay Age Of Consent 190: I simply had to stick him and his old shanty.
[UK]A. Christie Body in the Library (1959) 100: He couldn’t stick playing bridge for a whole evening.
[Aus]Cusack & James Come in Spinner (1960) 24: How can he stick her?
[Ire](con. 1940s) B. Behan Borstal Boy 321: If I was any better [...] I couldn’t stick it. At least I guess I will.
[UK]E. Bond Saved Scene vi: Never know why yer stick that dump.
[UK]I. Welsh Trainspotting 133: Ah cannae fuckin stick civvy street.
[Ire](con. 1930s) K.C. Kearns Dublin Tenement Life 186: The children’s teeth were rotten [...] Rotten. I remember when I couldn’t stick it (tooth pain) anymore and I went down to get it out.
[UK]Guardian G2 24 Jan. 2: The only worry is, can he stick it?
[UK](con. 1980s) I. Welsh Skagboys 207: Theer’s some hoors ye jist cannae fuckin well stick and that Esther falls intae that category.

7. (drugs) to supply or use marijuana; esp. in phr. are you sticking?

[US]Duke Ellington [instrumental title] Are You Sticking?
[US](con. 1948) G. Mandel Flee the Angry Strangers 61: There’s great pod all over [...] Everybody’s stickin.
[US] ‘Sl. of Watts’ in Current Sl. III:2 46: Stick, v. To possess large quantities of drugs.

8. fig. to dump something in the rubbish, to throw it away; usu. used in a hostile conversation [abbr. of stick it up your arse! at shove it up your arse! excl.].

[NZ]J. Henderson Gunner Inglorious (1974) 129: You can stick that ‘sir’ business up for auction, dig. Lay off, in future, see?
[Aus]T.A.G. Hungerford Riverslake 160: ‘Stick your dough, you Balt bastard!’ he snarled.
[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act II: Stick’em! (mitchem strikes the case from the prisoner’s hand...).
[UK]E. Bond Saved Scene viii: Stick yer bloody Radio Times!
[Aus](con. 1930s) F. Huelin ‘Keep Moving’ 38: The cockies were offering sixpence a bag. Jocka was adamant that he would not dig at that price. ‘They can stick ’em,’ he said. ‘Ninepence is the lowest I’ll dig for.’.
[UK]G. Burn Happy Like Murderers 114: He gave her a mouthful and told her to stick her job and went.
[UK]Guardian G2 17 Feb. 7: ‘Go stick the paper!’ he yelled.
[UK]T. Black Gutted 136: They could stick their tartan troosers, their tea towels with the castle on, and the Scott Monument shortbread tins.

9. to give to, to pass over.

[UK]W. Hall Long and the Short and the Tall Act II: bamforth: Here, Taff, stick him this. evans: Right, boyo. (He hands the wallet to the PRISONER).

10. to link one to.

[US]R. Prather Always Leave ’Em Dying 100: No matter what else I’m accused of, nobody can stick me with that, so find her and chalk me off—and do it out loud.
[US]C. Himes Crazy Kill 92: We’re not trying to stick you for the robbery.

11. see stick around

In phrases

stick a bust (v.)

see under bust n.

SE in slang uses

In compounds

stick-flams (n.) (also stick famms, stick-fams, stick-fans, stickhams) [fam n.1 , for which flams is prob. a misprint; thus lit. ‘stick to hands’]


[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Stick-flamms c. a pair of Gloves.
[UK]J. Hall Memoirs (1714) 13: Stickhams, Gloves.
[UK]New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].
[UK]Grose Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Andrewes Dict. Sl. and Cant n.p.: stick-fams gloves.
[UK]Lex. Balatronicum.
[UK]Flash Dict. [as cit. 1809].
[UK]Egan Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue.
[UK]G. Kent Modern Flash Dict. 32: stick fans – gloves.
[UK]Flash Dict. in Sinks of London Laid Open [as cit. 1835].
[US]Matsell Vocabulum 86: stick-flams Gloves.
stick-jaw (n.)

1. any sweet food, e.g. a pudding, a sweet such as toffee, that is hard to chew.

[UK]Blackwood’s Edin. Mag. Feb. 233/2: Their Saturdays commons of scrap-pie and stick-jaw .
[UK]R.S. Surtees Handley Cross (1854) 413: As holdin’ as a stick-jaw puddin’ at a charity school.
[UK]R.S. Surtees Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour 295: Stick-jaw (as they profanely called a certain pudding) [Ibid.] 345: The stickjaw pudding assumed a consistency that was almost incompatible with articulation.
[NZ]N.Z. Observer (Auckland) 29 Jan. 193/2: Sucking his thumb as if it was the most delicious ‘stick jaw’ imagineable.
[UK]E. Pugh Tony Drum 18: Toffee-apples, stickjaw, Jumbo-chains, everythink, and there’s other sweets you ain’t never heard of.
[Aus]Sun. Times (Perth) 8 Mar. 1/1: ‘Uncle Tom’ has been ordered to preside as chairman to the stick-jaw jamboree.
[UK]‘Doss Chiderdoss’ ‘The Sweetshop Girl’ Sporting Times 5 Mar. 1/4: But one has to have a thick jaw to be always true to stickjaw.
[UK]C. Harris Three-Ha’Pence to the Angel 22: Here, here’s two-pence, go and get some stickjaw.
[UK]I. & P. Opie Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 186: Most boys call toffee ‘stick-jaw’.

2. anything seen as extremely tedious.

[UK]J. Manchon Le Slang.
stickman (n.)

see separate entries.

stick partner (n.)

see separate entry.

sticksman (n.)

see separate entries.

stick-ups (n.)

see separate entry.

In phrases

stick a fork in them, they’re done (also stick a fork in their ass and turn them over, they’re done; turn them over, they’re done on this side)

(US) a phr. of condemnatory dismissal.

[US]Berkshire Eve. Eagle (MA) 5/2: Dizzy Dean as a broadcaster is tickling his listeners’ ribs with this one: When a pitcher starts going haywire, either through wildness or throwing base hits, Dean chirps over the mike: ‘You can stick a fork in him folks—he’s done.’.
[US]D. Jenkins Life Its Ownself (1985) 35: You can turn me over, Dreamer. I’m done on this side.
[US]Lou Reed ‘Last Great American Whale’ [lyrics] Like my painter friend Donald says, / ‘Stick a fork in their ass and turn them over, they’re done.’.
[US]J. Stahl Permanent Midnight 258: Stahl says Stick a Fork in Me — I’m Done! 11 Feb. [Internet] The mutually exclusive component has always been peaceful co-existence and recognition of Israel. Arafat won’t swallow that pill. Stick a fork in him. He’s done.
stick around (v.) (also stick on, stick)

(orig. Can./US) to stay close by; often as imper.

[US]City I 104: He was a man that loved to stick around home as much as any cat you ever saw in your life. He used to say he’d as lief have a tooth pulled as go away anywheres.
[Aus]H. Lawson ‘Two Larrikins’ in Roderick (1972) 231: Stowsher’s goin’ to stick.
[US]F. Hutcheson Barkeep Stories 116: ‘You’re doin’ purty good to be let stick around here an’ get yer mitts in de lunch’.
[US]H. Green Actors’ Boarding House (1906) 201: And I needn’t stick?
Everybody's Mag. XVIII 459: Gamblers of the turf who ‘stick around’ with the game from one year’s end to the other.
[US]E. O’Neill The Web in Ten ‘Lost’ Plays (1995) 67: I didn’t think he’d be fool enough to stick around here.
[US]Van Loan ‘Sporting Doctor’ in Taking the Count 39: I’ll stick for two weeks more.
[Ire]Joyce Ulysses 362: Better not stick here all night like a limpet.
[US]S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 194: You stick around with me, old man, and I’ll show you a good time!
[US]C. Himes ‘Prison Mass’ in Coll. Stories (1990) 162: He just wanted her to stick until he got out of debt.
[US]J. Weidman What’s In It For Me? 300: You stick around and watch me for a while.
[US]W.R. Burnett High Sierra in Four Novels (1984) 315: When you guys get through I’ll stick and report the whole thing to the police.
[UK]Wodehouse Mating Season 233: Corky said she thought she would stick on for a bit.
[US]‘William Lee’ Junkie (1966) 53: You’re bound to get some good breaks if you stick around long enough.
[US](con. 1920s) J. Thompson South of Heaven (1994) 166: The sheriff knows you’re stickin’ here.
[US]N. Heard Howard Street 150: You stick around long enough and you’ll dig it for yourself.
[UK]Nova Apr. 97: Yeah, don’t go, Charlie, stick around and humour the madman.
[UK]M. Amis London Fields 42: I’m like a vampire. I can’t enter unless I’m asked in over the threshold. Once there, though, I stick around.
[UK]K. Sampson Powder 111: His sparkling eyes teasing Wheezer, challenging him to find a good reason to stick around.
[US]C. Cook Robbers (2001) 348: You gonna stick around a while?
stick as close as shit on a blanket (v.) (also stick like glue to a basket, ... shit to a blanket)

to stay very close, lit. and fig.

[Aus]Truth (Sydney) 14 Jan. 6/6: Blue me you bet your sweet life I’ll stick to it like glue to a basket.
[UK]Guardian 8 May 9/8: The dirty (blanket) protest are images that — in an army phrase predating the troubles — stick like shit to a blanket.
[Aus]Sydney Morn. Herald 27 Sept. 53/1: ‘We’ve just got to stick together like shit to a blanket’.
[UK]Guardian 9 Oct. 65/4: He’s sticking to her like shit to a blanket, but in a nice kind of way.
[UK]J. Cameron Hell on Hoe Street 194: We all stuck there [i.e. home] like shit to a blanket.
[NZ]McGill Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 128: like shit to a blanket Sticky and unpleasant.
[US]D. Hamill Long Time Gone 92: Me and your old man were as close as shit to a blanket.
[UK]N. ‘Razor’ Smith Raiders 70: Fred was stuck to us like shit on a blanket.
stick a tail on (v.) [tail n. (3)]

to admire sexually; usu. in phr. I could stick a tail on that.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1152/1: since ca. 1960.
stick-at-it (n.)

a persistent, dedicated person.

[UK]H.G. Wells Tono-Bungay 162: I’m a boiler-over, not a simmering stick-at-it .
stick fat (v.)

1. (Aus. Und.) to maintain silence rather than betraying one’s peers.

[NZ]G. Newbold Big Huey 73: The fact that he’d behaved like that and ‘stuck fat’ earned Trevor a lot of respect [...] irrespective of what happened, you never told a screw about it.
[Aus]M.B. ‘Chopper’ Read How to Shoot Friends 39: I’d rather be backed up by one hated arsehole who can stick fat than a hundred popular showponies who can’t keep their mouths shut.

2. (Aus.) to maintain one’s loyalty.

[Aus]Courier-Mail (Brisbane) 14 Sept. 40: Dumped Carlton coach Wayne Brittain has told Blues players he did not regret rejecting two offers to coach other clubs. […] He told the guests how his father, who died at an early age, had told him to always ‘stick fat’. [...] ‘Both times I had an opportunity to leave this place but I’m so glad that I stuck fat with you blokes and stayed,’ Brittain said. [...] ‘I will not ever regret making those decisions of sticking fat with you guys.’.
stick (for drinks) (v.)

to play and win a toss of the dice (occas. turn of cards) to determine who pays for the next round of drinks.

[US]G. Devol Forty Years a Gambler 100: One of the planters bet me the wine that he could turn the ticket with the baby. I took him up, and he stuck me.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues VI 362/1: stick for drinks = to win the toss.
stick in one’s gizzard (v.) (also stick in one’s stomach)

to be unpalatable, to infuriate, to be unacceptable.

[UK]H.B. Vindication of Sir Thomas Player 1/2: ’Tis the Matter, not the Manner that sticks in our Unworthy Respondents Gizzard [OED].
[UK]B.E. Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: It Sticks in his Stomack, he resents it.
[UK]Swift Polite Conversation 43: Well, but don’t let that stick in your Gizzard.
[UK]Hotten Dict. of Modern Sl. etc. 228: stick ‘to stick in one’s gizzard,’ to rankle in one’s heart.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Sl. Dict.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 5 July 7/1: [T]he time-honoured fiction that two young men in muddy boots could mistake an eligible family mansion for a pub., is apt to stick in the gizzard of modern scepticism.
[UK]W.S. Walker In the Blood 161: Wot sticks in my gizzard is becomin’ a landed proprietor.
[Ire]L. Doyle Ballygullion 43: That’s what sticks in me gizzard.
[Aus]C.J. Dennis ‘Termarter Sorce’ in Rose of Spadgers 29: Deceit ain’t in me bag uv tricks. / [...] / Sticks in me gizzard.
stick-in-the-middle (n.) [although the dumpling is shaped like a doughnut and might have had a stick pushed through its centre to make the requisite hole, the term more likely refers to the way the heavy dumpling sticks to one’s stomach]

(W.I.) a form of dumpling.

[WI]cited in Cassidy & LePage Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).
stick-in-the-mud (n.)

see separate entry.

stick it (v.)

see separate entries.

In phrases

stick one’s bib in (v.)

see under bib n.

stick oneself up (v.)

to boast, to claim, to make oneself out to be.

[UK]J. Greenwood Dick Temple III 13: The idea of a cove sticking hisself up because he has been birched!
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
stick out (v.)

see sense 6 above.

stick out/stick out for

see separate entries.

stick out like a sore thumb (v.)

see separate entry.

stick someone for (v.)

1. (also stick someone in for) to take from someone, usu. but not invariably money.

[UK]Ally Sloper’s Half Holiday 31 May35/3: ‘They stick you two-and-six for a cauliflower’.
[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 24 Oct. 6/2: I’ve a wife and family, and blanked if I’m going to be stuck in for a thousand ‘quid.’ Go to some other positive colour beak.
[UK]P. Cheyney Dames Don’t Care (1960) 104: After stickin’ me for two cigarettes an’ thereby provin’ that there ain’t even one Mex who will even give you some information for nothin’.

2. (also stick someone with) to make someone pay a bill; to borrow money without repaying it.

[Aus]Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Dec. 39/4: But Oi’ll pull through ahl roight, an’ thin watch me shtick th’ dahm rag f’r damages.
[US]R. Lardner ‘My Roomy’ in Coll. Short Stories (1941) 345: I guess he’d stuck me for the most — about seventy bucks.
[UK]Wodehouse Inimitable Jeeves 199: I’m afraid I’ll have to stick you for the passage money.
[US]J. Archibald ‘When a Body Meets a Body’ in Popular Detective Sept. [Internet] You come back here, Willie! [...] You ain’t stickin’ me with no check, you—!
[US]‘Ed Lacy’ Lead With Your Left (1958) 124: I might as well see Uncle Frank and stick him for lunch, save some dough.
[US](con. c.1900) J. Thompson King Blood (1989) 73: He stuck me for almost twenty dollars worth of drinks.
[US](con. 1949) J.G. Dunne True Confessions (1979) 163: Lois Fazenda had skipped three weeks before, sticking her [...] roommates with her share of the month’s rent.
[Ire]P. McCabe Butcher Boy (1993) 16: They must have thought I was going to stick them for a few bob tax as well.

3. (also stick someone with) fig. to burden someone with something, e.g. a jail sentence.

[US]C. Cooper Jr Scene (1996) 209: Ain’t you through with me yet? You stuck me for three years already.
[US](con. 1920s) J. Thompson South of Heaven (1994) 146: We figured to kill him and stick you for it.
[US]M. Baker Nam (1982) 219: These motherfuckers tell me, ‘You got off too easy,’ and they stick me with more time.
stick someone with (v.)

1. to burden with, to trick someone into accepting.

[UK]Five Years’ Penal Servitude 275: He had [...] ‘stuck’ both jewellers and pawnbrokers with them [i.e. fake jewels] all over the country.

2. to make responsible for a usu. unpleasant responsibility or something unpleasant, e.g. a faulty computer.

[US]Mad mag. 15: No matter what kind of crummy team those guys behind the scenes stick him with.
[US]B. Wiprud Sleep with the Fishes 147: That Bifulco was a sharp cookie, sticking him with that carp.
stick to (v.)

see separate entry.

stick up (v.)

1. see sense 1a above.

2. see separate entries.

stick up for (v.)

see separate entry.

stick up to (v.)

see separate entry.

In exclamations

stick a pin (in) there!

1. wait! hold it!

[UK]C. Hitchin Regulator.

2. (also stick a pin in that! stick a pin here!) note carefully! bear in mind!

[US]Public Ledger (Phila.) 1 Nov. n.p.: Why does money become scarce? Because the bankers cannot discount, says the merchant. Stick a pin there [DA].
[UK]Champion (London) 22 Jan. 5/5: He called them the rascally Radicals’ of Newcastle. Stick a pin there, ‘rascally Radicals’!
[UK]Chelmsford Chron. (Essex) 5 Jan. 4/2: I know the men [...] and know what they state to be a fact — so stick a pin there. I know ten other men who worked [...] so stick another pin there.
[UK]Dundee Courier 20 Apr. 4/5: True as preaching. Our business folks ‘can stick a pin in there’.
[US]Knickerbocker (N.Y.) LVIII 266: Name for name, there are two of the Norman in New-England for one in the South. Stick a pin there—not that it’s of any account, but the Chivalry insist on it [DA].
[UK]Glasgow Herald 1 Oct. 4/2: 556 pincushions [...] to enable the senators to brush up their ideas and to ‘stick a pin there’.
[UK]Bucks Herald 1 Apr. 3/5: We have heard ministers, who thought they had said a good thing in their sermon, tell their audience to ‘stick a pin there,’ or to ‘put that in their pipes and smoke it’.
[US]O. Strange Law O’ The Lariat 159: Masters is cashed – yu can stick a pin in that.
[US]Daily Oklahoman 7 June 8/1: It might be a good thing for the voters to stick a pin here and remember a thing or two on next election day [DA].
stick ’em up! (also stick’m up!) [the first-use date reflects the probable creation of the phr. for films, rather than in the 19C world that such films claimed to portray]

put your hands up! a robber’s trad. order to their victim to raise their hands above their head.

[US]E.H. Lavine Third Degree (1931) 80: The detectives rashly dashed in, yelling to the hold-up men to ‘stick ’em up’.
[US]J.T. Farrell ‘A Teamster’s Payday’ in To Whom It May Concern 66: All right, expressman, stick ’em up.
[UK]J. Curtis Look Long Upon a Monkey 73: All right, fellows! Stick ’em up!
[UK]Beano Comic Library No. 174 31: Stick ’em up! I want the ball.
[Ire]R. Doyle Woman Who Walked Into Doors 161: What did they yell at him? Stop? Halt? Stick’m up?
stick it!

see separate entry.

stick with it!

a general excl. of farewell.

[UK]Partridge DSUE (8th edn) 1153/2: [...] later C.20.