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stick to one's ribs

Fig. [for food] to last long and fortify one well; [for food] to sustain one even in the coldest weather. This oatmeal ought to stick to your ribs. You need something hearty on a cold day like this. I don't want just a salad! I want something that will stick to my ribs.
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stick to your ribs

if something that you eat sticks to your ribs, it makes you feel you have eaten a lot That chocolate pudding really sticks to your ribs.
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stick to the ribs

Be substantial or filling, as in It may not be health food but steak really sticks to the ribs. This idiom was first recorded in 1603.
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1. n. a joke; an act of teasing. I didn’t mean any harm. It was just a little rib.
2. tv. to tease someone. Please don’t rib me any more tonight. I’ve had it.


n. a joke; something very funny. That was a real rib-tickler. I’ll remember that joke.

stick to (one's) ribs

To be substantial or filling. Used of food.
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References in classic literature ?
Though I passed over it as gently as possible, the slight undulations produced by my boat extended almost as far as I could see, and gave a ribbed appearance to the reflections.
Key statement: A ribbed v-belt having an elastomeric cover layer (1), a tension-support layer (3), elastomeric base ribbed body (2) which has an outer coating containing fibers.
Clad in a ribbed skin of gull-grey steel shingles, the house cocoon is wedged precariously into the hillside, its aerodynamic form calculated to minimise wind resistance.
A ribbed bracket will offer a stiffness advantage, but avoid heat concentration by providing cored openings in webs and ribs.
Some of these benefits were revealed in an early Contour application, a ribbed cosmetics cover with a high-gloss exterior surface.
He took from them the ideas of the village cluster and the ribbed hut structure in which tall thin curved timber members cluster together at the top and carry the cladding.
Also, the ribbed flow channels provide extra strength for stacking.