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stick into (something)

1. To position something by pushing or thrusting it in(to something else). In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "stick" and "into." Let me go stick this letter into the mailbox. Once you stick the USB drive into the computer, it should be recognized straight away.
2. To set something in(something or some place), especially roughly or without particular care. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "stick" and "into." I'll go stick your bags into the spare room for you. I always stick a piece of fresh fruit into my kids' lunches.
3. Of a sharp or pointed object, to poke, prick or pierce someone or something. Someone's elbow was sticking into my side for the entire train ride. The tailor's pins kept sticking into me as he made adjustments to the suit.
4. To pierce someone or something with some sharp object. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "stick" and "into." The thief stuck a dagger into the man's back and made off with the briefcase. You stick these thumbtacks into the noticeboard to hold up important papers.
5. To enter something in a record of some kind. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "stick" and "into." Let me stick that date into my calendar so I don't forget. He always sticks a ton of personal details into his novels.
6. To lodge or deposit some amount of money or credit into an account. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "stick" and "into." My grandparents always stick $50 into my savings account for my birthday. A: "Mom, could you put some money in my checking account? I'm really struggling to pay my bills this month." B: "Sure thing, sweetie. I'll stick $200 into your account—is that enough?"
7. To instruct, direct, or force someone to enter or remain in some place, especially in a careless or thoughtless manner. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "stick" and "into." The police stuck me into a holding cell for nearly 24 hours without letting me contact my family. Let's just stick everyone into the conference room while the technicians set up the new computers.
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stick something into someone or something

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to insert something into someone or something. The technician stuck a needle into my arm and took some blood out. she stuck in the needle.
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