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stick out

1. To protrude or project outward from something. Excuse me, is this your suitcase? I'm afraid it was sticking out into the aisle. I don't know why they included a balcony that sticks out so far from the actual building.
2. To endure, tolerate, or last through to the end of something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "stick" and "out." I know you're not content here, but just stick out to the end of this project before you start looking for new work. We've had problems in our marriage for years, but we've been sticking it out for the kids' sake.
See also: out, stick
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

stick something out

to endure something; to stay with something. (The something can be vaguely expressed using it.) I will stick it out as long as I can. she stuck out the abuse as long as she could; then she started looking for another job.
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stick out (of someone or something)

to protrude from someone or something. The arrow stuck out of him, wobbling as he staggered. A dollar bill stuck out of the book. What a strange bookmark.
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stick out

(from someone or something) to project outward from someone or something. His right arm, which was in a cast, stuck out from him like a crane. His arm stuck out.
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stick out

to project outward. You can't lock your suitcase because there is a bit of cloth sticking out. some cloth stuck out of the top of the drawer.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

stick out

1. Also, stick out a mile or like a sore thumb. Be very prominent or conspicuous, as in Dad's funny hat made him stick out in the crowd, or That purple house sticks out a mile, or John's lie sticks out like a sore thumb. The first term dates from the mid-1500s, the variants from the first half of the 1900s. The variant using thumb alludes to the propensity for holding an injured thumb stiffly, making it stand out (and thereby risking further injury).
2. Continue doing something, endure something, as in I know you don't like it but you have to stick out the job for another month. [Late 1600s] A variant is stick it out, as in His new play's boring, but since he's my cousin we'd better stick it out. [Late 1800s] Also see stick it, def. 1.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

stick out

v.
1. To project or protrude: The tag is sticking out of your shirt. A flagpole stuck out from the front of the house.
2. To cause something to project or protrude: The child stuck out her hand for candy. He stuck his tongue out at me.
3. To be prominent; be conspicuous: Do you think a pink suit will stick out too much? This essay stuck out from the other submissions.
4. To endure something: We stuck out two years without electricity or running water. There was only one month left of school, so I stuck it out and transferred the following year.
5. stick out for To resist capitulating in negotiations so as to achieve some more favorable terms: The striking workers stuck out for better wages.
See also: out, stick
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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