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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystick out
he/she/itsticks out
present participlesticking out
past tensestuck out
past participlestuck out
  1. 1
    [intransitive] to continue farther than the end of a surface or the main part of an object
    stick out of:

    A magazine was sticking out of his coat pocket.

    stick out from:

    A pair of feet stuck out from under the blanket.

    stick out through:

    His bony elbows stuck out through the holes in his jacket.

    someone’s ears/teeth stick out:

    The picture showed Eddie with very short hair and his ears sticking out.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to push or stretch something forward or away from you, especially a part of your body

    He stuck his chest out proudly as he stepped onto the stage.

    Ben stuck out his tongue at the little girl (=as an insult).

    stick something out of something:

    She stuck her arm out of the car window and waved.

    stick something out from something:

    Alice stuck her head out from under the covers.

  3. 3
    [intransitive] to be easy to notice or remember because of being unusual or different

    One face in particular stuck out from the crowd.

  4. 4
    [transitive] very informal to continue doing something difficult or unpleasant to the end
    stick it out:

    It was a tough course, but we stuck it out.

  5. 5
    stick your neck out informal to take a risk by saying or doing something that could be wrong or could make other people react angrily

    I’ll stick my neck out and say we’ll have it done by Friday.

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