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schtick

slang A particular gimmick, routine, or characteristic that distinguishes one or sets one apart from others. Originally from Yiddish. The restaurant's whole schtick is that your table is locked inside of a cage and, periodically, the lights go out while people in costumes come out to try to scare you. I tried writing more serious literary novels, but I realized that cheesy thrillers are just my schtick.

schtick

and shtik (ʃtɪk)
n. a routine or act that is the trademark of an entertainer, especially in vaudeville. (Yiddish.) His schtick was a trained dog and cat act.
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"Ah, you so should have walked up to the counter with a big bottle of something and given them the 'these violent delights...' schtick! Would have been priceless," commented another.
Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow continues to ply his comic schtick with wide-eyed gusto and Spanish actor Javier Bardem is a lip-smacking phantasmagorical villain from the watery underworld.
Whatever you think of Sharro's signature brand of schtick, there is an artfulness at play in capturing both a sense of the gloriously absurd, as well as a feeling of how everything, and so little, has changed.
Not that it matters, because yeah, sure there's an (large) element of cheese to his schtick, but there's also something brilliant about him, something that doesn't matter how cool or uncool he is.
Critics have variously warmed to his "whimsy and wackiness" and his "extemporising schtick".
The only other problem is our Players are out of nick!" But Stevie's confident words May be a confidence trick It's the lack of guts and talent That make the Toon Army sick We know that football coaching Is Steve McLaren's 'schtick' But confident words in this mess Float just like a brick!
It's 30 years since The Smiths bothered the charts with their jingly-jangly indie guitar and Steven Patrick Morrissey's outsider schtick saw him flail gladioli around concert venues and wear hearing aids on Top of the Pops, but for the crowd in Cardiff it could have been last week, and none the worse for it.
It's 30 years since The Smiths bothered the charts and Steven Patrick Morrissey's outsider schtick saw him flail gladioli around concert venues and wear hearing aids on Top of the Pops, but for the crowd in Cardiff it could have been last week, and none the worse for it.
Would she have the good humor to needle him about his king-of-the-jungle schtick?
These observations - augmented by research and help from locals (this paper included) - have provided rich pickings for stand-up shows and radio series for the past five years, as evidenced by another entertaining performance at the arts centre, which also included a dose of political satire (for the most part with a lower case "p") and some grumpy old man schtick for good measure.
Look we know that sexy, sexy, sexy and a bit more sexy is the Bajan beauty's schtick and if you are going to dress to shock, then MTV award ceremonies are the place to do it, but we have seen so many pictures of Rihanna in her undies (and sometimes even less) over the last couple of years that it's just a bit, well...
"He likes to walk softly and carry a big schtick." Dale Stout, Colorado Springs, CO
"Schtick" is a collection of humor driven poetry from Kevin Coval, who with a strong Jewish influence in his style in his assault of anything and everything that concerns him.
While Schwarzenegger's schtick steered clear of his split from Maria Shriver or the baby he had with a longtime maid, he still had plenty of material.
The choreography is a bit campy but that's part of the group's schtick.