make stick

make something stick

to cause something to be accepted or agreed to Investigators didn't have the evidence to make the charges stick. Workers got a good agreement and made it stick by threatening another costly strike.
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make stick

Make effective or permanent, as in They tried to appeal but our lawyers made the verdict stick. This idiom uses stick in the sense of "adhere." [First half of 1900s]
See also: make, stick