stick - definition and synonyms


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  1. 1
    [countable] a thin piece of wood that has been broken or cut from a tree

    I went out to find some sticks for a fire.

    1. a.
      a long strong piece of wood, usually with a handle at the top, that you use to help you to walk
    2. b.
      a long thin piece of wood used as a weapon or for making an animal move in the direction you want it to
    3. c.
      a long thin piece of wood used for hitting or carrying something in a sport

      a hockey stick

  2. 2
    [countable] a long thin piece of something

    a stick of celery

    1. a.
      an amount of a solid substance in a container that you push at the bottom so that a small amount comes out of the top

      a stick of glue

    See also French stick
  3. 4
    [uncountable] British informal criticism
    give someone stick (for something):

    They gave me a lot of stick for missing such an easy shot.

    get/take stick (from someone):

    We’re taking a lot of stick for our decision.

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