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stinger

1. A very harsh, emotionally injurious criticism, insult, or retort. My grandmother wasn't afraid of letting off a stinger or two whenever she thought you were doing something foolish. Tom started making fun of Mary for her situation, and she came back with a stinger about his many business failures.
2. A result or outcome that is particularly disappointing, devastating, or disruptive. The star quarterback's transfer is sure to be a stinger to his former team. Losing such a lucrative account was certainly a stinger, but we'll continue to manage somehow.
3. A symptom of an impact injury to the neck, characterized by a stinging or burning sensation that radiates down the length of one's arm. My neck got wrenched from the tackle and gave me an awful stinger down my right arm.

stinger

n. the drawback; the catch; the hitch. Sounds good, but what’s the stinger?
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The Stingers faced off against derby rivals the North East Dekstars in the final in a match-up reminiscent of their winter qualifier, where the Dekstars took the spoils.
Imaging shows the stingers have hollow spaces to reduce weight while maintaining strength.
The contract for the Stinger Block I-92F runs from 2017 to 2025 and covers 250 missiles in total.
Sgt Dale Hughes said: "Each stinger costs about PS500 but this single use resulted in the recovery of a stolen car with a value of PS8,000, the recovery of a CS canister and the driver being charged with multiple offences.
Sgt Dale Hughes said: "This was a pre-emptive strike: our officers spotted a stolen car and monitored it discreetly from a safe distance while an officer was positioned by the road with a stinger.
High-powered it may be, yet the Stinger hasn't been created for brutal pace at the expense of comfort - it's a substantial five-door "gran turismo".
HERE'S a sting in the tail of a classy new model from Kia - the Stinger.
During a recent Army test, a pair of Raytheon Company Stinger anti-air missiles equipped with new proximity fuzes intercepted two small unmanned airborne systemsan MQM-170C Outlaw and an unidentified smaller systemfor the first time.
The Stingers completed the transition from the A-7E Corsair II to the F/A18A Hornet in December 1983, making VFA-113 the Navy's first fleet operational combat-ready strike fighter squadron, and establishing the squadron's motto of "First and Finest." In 1989, VFA-113 accepted delivery of the upgraded F/A-18C Hornet.
A CAMPAIGNER who set a trap of stinger devices to take patrol cars out of action in a bid to "give police a taste of their own medicine" has been jailed for two years.
Also in November, Russia's chief of staff General Nikolai Makarov said Syrian armed rebels had obtained shoulder-launched missile systems, including Stingers, made by the United States, but added it was not clear who had delivered the weapons.
A few issues remain unresolved from Afghanistan's many years of conflict, such as Stinger retrieval and mine eradication.
The United States gave Stingers to the Afghan mujahideen starting in 1986 and trained some Afghans in how to fire the weapon at Soviet aircraft, which they did with great success.
An investment of pounds 80,000 will be put into six short films through this year's Stingers Digital Short Film Scheme.