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1. To remain loyal to, committed to, or supportive of someone or something. I said I would stick by my wife for better or for worse, and I meant it. So far, he's sticking with the same story he gave police. Her résumé is impressive, but I think we should stick with Janet: she's got more experience and she already knows how the company works.
2. To continue or persist in doing, believing, or employing something. You should really stick with selling used cars, because your stand-up routine is terrible. I think we'll stick with our normal suppliers, but thanks for the offer.
3. To remain in one's memory or thoughts. Wow, what a performance. That will stick with me for a long time.
4. To continue trying to do or achieve something, especially after initial failures, challenges, or setbacks. Often used an imperative, especially in the phrase "stick with it." If you really want to become a comic book artist, you have to stick with it! You can't just give up after your first rejection. I'm really glad I stuck with my exercise routine throughout my pregnancy.
5. To burden someone with someone or something that is undesirable, troublesome, or irritating. In this usage, a name, noun, or pronoun can be used between "stick" and "with." I can't believe everyone else left and stuck me with the bill! They always stick us with the new interns, most of whom are barely old enough to drive themselves to work each morning.
stick someone with someone or something
to burden someone with someone or something. The dishonest merchant stuck me with a faulty television set. John stuck me with his talkative uncle and went off with his friends.
stuck with someone or something
burdened with someone or something; left having to care for or deal with someone or something. Please don't leave me stuck with your aunt. She talks too much. My roommate quit school and left me stuck with the telephone bill.
See also: stuck
Continue to support or be faithful to, as in They stuck with us through all our difficulties. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
Saddled or burdened with; also, unable to get rid of. For example, Once again Dean was stuck with the check for all of the dinner guests, or She's my sister-in-law so I'm stuck with her. [Mid-1800s]
See also: stuck
1. To stay with or remain loyal to someone or something: Stick with the person who has the map so you don't get lost. My friends stuck with me through the entire ordeal.
2. To remain consistent or loyal in one's behavior concerning something: He offered to loan me a chain saw, but I stuck with my ax.
3. To adhere to some plan; keep at something: The pianist stuck with the song until she had mastered it.
4. To remain in someone's thoughts or memory: That poem stuck with her, and she used it in a speech years later.
5. To give someone something or someone that is unwanted: My friends left the bar and stuck me with the bill. The dealer stuck us with shoddy merchandise that we can't sell. Our team got stuck with the worst player in the entire school.