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stick (one) with (someone or something)
To burden one with someone or something that is undesirable, troublesome, or irritating. 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 with (someone or something)
1. To remain loyal to, committed to, or supportive of someone or something. I said I would stick with my wife for better or for worse, and I meant it. So far, he's sticking with the same story he gave police. Her resume 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 using something. I think we'll stick with our normal suppliers, but thanks for the offer. You should really stick with selling used cars, because your stand-up routine is terrible.
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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Continue to support or be faithful to, as in They stuck with us through all our difficulties. [Colloquial; early 1900s]
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.
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.
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.