an old stick in the mud

an old stick in the mud

Someone who is considered boring or tedious, often due to unpopular or outdated beliefs. Sally was tired of being called an old stick in the mud by her friends just because she refused to drink alcohol. Oh, come on, let the kids stay up a little longer to watch the meteor shower. Don't be such an old stick in the mud! Just because I don't like roller coasters doesn't mean I'm an old stick in a mud—I like lots of other fun things!
See also: mud, old, stick
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stick in the mud, old

A person who avoids anything new; an old fogy, not necessarily old in years. This expression, which presumably likens such an individual to a vehicle whose wheels are stuck in mud, has been around since about 1700. Thomas Haliburton used it in one of his Sam Slick tales (1843): “‘Well,’ said old Stick-in-the-mud, ‘what are you arter?’”
See also: old, stick
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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