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sting in the tail

A disappointing ending to something, such as a story, that is otherwise upbeat and positive. Primarily heard in UK, Australia. The movie began as a sweet, romantic love story, so the tragic ending was an unexpected sting in the tail.
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sting someone for something

Sl. to cheat someone of a particular amount; to make someone pay for something. That guy stung me for twenty bucks! Toby was stung for the lunch bill.
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sting someone with something

to use something to sting someone. The bee stung me with its stinger. The wasp can sting you with its poisonous barb.
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take the sting out of something

to slightly improve something that is unpleasant It was a difficult loss, but the support of the fans really took the sting out of it.
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a sting in the tail

  (British & Australian)
an unpleasant end to something that began pleasantly, especially a story or suggestion At the start, it's humorous and light but like most of her short stories, there's a sting in the tail.
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take the sting out of something

to make something that is unpleasant a little less unpleasant Humour, of course, can take the sting out of almost any unpleasant situation.
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take the sting out of

Lessen the severity or unpleasantness of something, as in That senior citizen discount took the sting out of the airfares. [Mid-1800s]
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sting for

v.
To charge someone some surprisingly large amount of money: The airline stung us for $100 to change our ticket.
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sting

1. tv. to cheat or swindle someone; to overcharge someone. That street merchant stung me, but good.
2. n. a well-planned scheme to entrap criminals. The sting came off without a hitch.
3. tv. to entrap and arrest someone. “We’ve been stung!” they hollered.

sting someone for something

tv. to cheat someone of a particular amount; to make someone pay for something. That guy stung me for twenty bucks!
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According to Al-Wadei, the bee sting contains hormones and proteins that stimulate function of the immune system and accelerate blood circulation.
Sting also took up a lute himself on a few tunes, leaving the more difficult runs to Karamozov.
I think most people, discerning listeners, find Sting kind of pretentious," said Sutherland, pointing to an array of Sting album covers.
You have a higher chance of being allergic to bee or wasp stings if you are also allergic to foods and pollen.
Nigel, with partner Chas Chandler, founded Newcastle Arena, now the Metro Radio Arena where Sting was to have performed last night.
Sting is reportedly the first celebrity to suffer such a defeat.
A normal reaction to a bee sting or mosquito bite lasts a few hours, but these hours can be quite painful and itchy.
In an ironic twist of fate, a flashlight belonging to one of the Secret Service agents working the sting was recovered from one of the suspect's cars at the time of his arrest.
Although it seems logical to avoid squeezing the venom sac by gently working it out of the wound, the fact is that even left alone, the sting continues to work itself deeper into the wound and to pump venom from the sac.
In the past few years, people have been saying that bee stings alleviate their MS symptoms.
While in reality, bees and yellowjackets rarely sting unless provoked, more aggressive species like wasps can sting in painful attacks if they feel threatened.
What to do: a 6 If the sting is visible, brush or scrape it off with the edge of a credit card.
Washington, Jan 21 ( ANI ): Sting and Paul Simon are rehearsing for their upcoming tour, where they are preparing to take turns by singing some of each other's biggest hits.