Definition 2024


stick up

See also: stickup



stick up (third-person singular simple present sticks up, present participle sticking up, simple past and past participle stuck up)

  1. (transitive) Used other than as an idiom: see stick, up.; To put up by sticking.
    Stick up the postcard with a bit of tape.
  2. (transitive, idiomatic) To rob at gunpoint.
    I think they intend to stick up the bank.
  3. (intransitive, idiomatic) To be prominent; to point upwards.
    No matter how much I brush it, my hair always sticks up.
  4. (intransitive, with for) To speak or act in defence (of).
    Don't let them push you around, stick up for yourself.
  5. (intransitive, with to) To defy, to confront, to stand up to.
  6. (intransitive, with to) To maintain a commitment (as, to a proposition or role)


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