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phrasal verb
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theystick up
he/she/itsticks up
present participlesticking up
past tensestuck up
past participlestuck up
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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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a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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