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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to continue upwards further than the end of a surface or the main part of an object

    You've got a bit of hair sticking up at the back.

    The oil rig stuck up out of the darkness.

  2. 2
    [transitive] informal to raise something upwards, especially your arm or hand

    Maggie stuck up her hand to answer the question.

  3. 3
    [transitive] mainly American very informal to steal money or goods from a person or place using a gun

    an attempt to stick up a local bank

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