stick up
verb Date: 15th century intransitive verb to stand upright or on end ; protrude transitive verb to rob at gunpoint

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  • stick up — (v.) 1846, to rob someone at gunpoint, from STICK (Cf. stick) (v.). Noun stickup in this sense is first recorded 1887. Stick up for defend is attested from 1837 …   Etymology dictionary

  • stick|up — stick up or stick|up «STIHK UHP», noun. Informal. a holdup; robbery. ╂[American English < stick up, idiom] …   Useful english dictionary

  • stick up — (someone/something) to steal from a person or place, using a weapon as a threat. Some guy tried to stick up a coffee shop and got caught. Related vocabulary: hold up someone/something …   New idioms dictionary

  • stick-up — stickˈ up noun 1. A hold up 2. A stand up collar • • • Main Entry: ↑stick …   Useful english dictionary

  • stick up — {v.}, {informal} To rob with a gun. * /When the messenger left the bank, a man jumped out of an alley and stuck him up./ Syn.: HOLD UP. * /In the old West, outlaws sometimes stuck up the stagecoaches./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • stick up — {v.}, {informal} To rob with a gun. * /When the messenger left the bank, a man jumped out of an alley and stuck him up./ Syn.: HOLD UP. * /In the old West, outlaws sometimes stuck up the stagecoaches./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • stick up — ► stick up informal, chiefly N. Amer. rob at gunpoint. Main Entry: ↑stick …   English terms dictionary

  • stick up — index hold up (rob) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • stick-up — n informal a ↑hold up …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • stick-up — noun count INFORMAL an occasion when someone tries to steal money from a bank, store, etc. by threatening people with a gun …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • stick up — phrasal verb Word forms stick up : present tense I/you/we/they stick up he/she/it sticks up present participle sticking up past tense stuck up past participle stuck up 1) [intransitive] to continue upwards further than the end of a surface or the …   English dictionary

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