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verb British English pronunciation: sting /stɪŋ/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlestinging
past tensestung
past participlestung
  1. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to have or cause a sudden pain or uncomfortable feeling

    My eyes were stinging with the salt in the water.

    The smoke stung her eyes.

  2. 3
    [transitive] to affect someone, often causing them to react in a particular way

    Stung by their recent defeat, the French are determined to win this time.

  3. 5
    [intransitive] informal to make someone pay more than they should for something
    be stung for something:

    I was stung twenty quid for this CD.

  4. 6
    [intransitive] British informal to borrow money from someone when they do not really want to give it to you

    How much did he sting you for this time?

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