To stick up for
Stick Stick, v. i. 1. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall. [1913 Webster]

The green caterpillar breedeth in the inward parts of roses not blown, where the dew sticketh. --Bacon. [1913 Webster]

2. To remain where placed; to be fixed; to hold fast to any position so as to be moved with difficulty; to cling; to abide; to cleave; to be united closely. [1913 Webster]

A friend that sticketh closer than a brother. --Prov. xviii. 24. [1913 Webster]

I am a kind of bur; I shall stick. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

If on your fame our sex a bolt has thrown, 'T will ever stick through malice of your own. --Young. [1913 Webster]

3. To be prevented from going farther; to stop by reason of some obstacle; to be stayed. [1913 Webster]

I had most need of blessing, and ``Amen'' Stuck in my throat. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The trembling weapon passed Through nine bull hides, . . . and stuck within the last. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. To be embarrassed or puzzled; to hesitate; to be deterred, as by scruples; to scruple; -- often with at. [1913 Webster]

They will stick long at part of a demonstration for want of perceiving the connection of two ideas. --Locke. [1913 Webster]

Some stick not to say, that the parson and attorney forged a will. --Arbuthnot. [1913 Webster]

5. To cause difficulties, scruples, or hesitation. [1913 Webster]

This is the difficulty that sticks with the most reasonable. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{To stick by}. (a) To adhere closely to; to be firm in supporting. ``We are your only friends; stick by us, and we will stick by you.'' --Davenant. (b) To be troublesome by adhering. ``I am satisfied to trifle away my time, rather than let it stick by me.'' --Pope.

{To stick out}. (a) To project; to be prominent. ``His bones that were not seen stick out.'' --Job xxxiii. 21. (b) To persevere in a purpose; to hold out; as, the garrison stuck out until relieved. [Colloq.]

{To stick to}, to be persevering in holding to; as, to stick to a party or cause. ``The advantage will be on our side if we stick to its essentials.'' --Addison.

{To stick up}, to stand erect; as, his hair sticks up.

{To stick up for}, to assert and defend; as, to stick up for one's rights or for a friend. [Colloq.]

{To stick upon}, to dwell upon; not to forsake. ``If the matter be knotty, the mind must stop and buckle to it, and stick upon it with labor and thought.'' --Locke. [1913 Webster]


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  • To stick up — Stick Stick, v. i. 1. To adhere; as, glue sticks to the fingers; paste sticks to the wall. [1913 Webster] The green caterpillar breedeth in the inward parts of roses not blown, where the dew sticketh. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. To remain where… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • stick up for somebody — ˌstick ˈup for sb/yourself/sth derived no passive (informal) to support or defend sb/yourself/sth • Stick up for what you believe. • She taught her children to stick up for themselves at school …   Useful english dictionary

  • stick up for yourself — ˌstick ˈup for sb/yourself/sth derived no passive (informal) to support or defend sb/yourself/sth • Stick up for what you believe. • She taught her children to stick up for themselves at school …   Useful english dictionary

  • stick up for something — ˌstick ˈup for sb/yourself/sth derived no passive (informal) to support or defend sb/yourself/sth • Stick up for what you believe. • She taught her children to stick up for themselves at school …   Useful english dictionary

  • stick up for — SUPPORT, take someone s side, side with, be on the side of, stand by, stand up for, take someone s part, defend, come to the defence of, champion, speak up for, fight for. → stick * * * phrasal : to speak or act in defense of : stand up for :… …   Useful english dictionary

  • stick up for — verb To defend or protect. You really need to stick up for yourself against that bully. Syn: give as good as one gets, go to bat for, stick ones neck out for …   Wiktionary

  • stick up for someone — stick up for (someone/something) to support or defend someone or something. Her friends stuck up for her when other people said she was guilty …   New idioms dictionary

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  • stick up for — (someone/something) to support or defend someone or something. Her friends stuck up for her when other people said she was guilty …   New idioms dictionary

  • stick up for — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms stick up for : present tense I/you/we/they stick up for he/she/it sticks up for present participle sticking up for past tense stuck up for past participle stuck up for informal stick up for someone/something… …   English dictionary

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