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sic somebody/something on somebody

to cause someone or something to attack someone I'm gonna sic Uncle Steve on you kids if you don't behave. He tried to sic the agency on her to draw attention away from himself.
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of sic (to order a dog to attack)
See also: on, sic

sic transit gloria mundi

Nothing on earth is permanent, as in His first three novels were bestsellers and now he can't even find an agent-sic transit gloria mundi . This expression, Latin for "Thus passes the glory of the world," has been used in English since about 1600, and is familiar enough so that it is sometimes abbreviated to sic transit.
See also: sic, transit

sic on

To urge or incite someone or something to attack or go after someone: The guards sicced dogs on the intruders. They threatened to sic their lawyers on us.
See also: on, sic
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But he has also sicced his watchdogs on officials and their foreign bank accounts.
A Eugene police officer faces potential discipline after a police department investigation shows he wrongfully sicced his police dog on a homeowner he mistook for a burglar.
It sicced cops on the homeless on Skid Row for the crime of driving down key campaign contributors' property values.
The show lured sexual predators with decoy online accounts of underage teenagers, got them to come to a suburban house, and then sicced Hansen on them.
The pencil sketch of the stranger Crossan fought with inside his home - and who escaped as a Eugene police officer sicced his dog on Crossan, mistaking him for the intruder - depicts a man that investigators characterize as potentially dangerous.
It has become abundantly clear that when Stern began opposing the president's views the FCC was sicced on him and other ``shock jocks.