stick

(redirected from sticking)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to sticking: outlined, sticking out, undeterred, overhyped

stick

1. n. a baseball bat. (Baseball.) He holds the stick up higher than most batters.
2. n. a pool cue. He drew the stick back slowly, sighted again, and gave the cue ball a sharp knock.
3. n. a golf club. These aren’t my sticks, and you aren’t my caddy. What’s going on around here?
4. n. the lever that controls the horizontal and vertical surfaces of the tail of an aircraft. The pilot pulled back on the stick, and the plane did nothing—being that he hadn’t even started the engine or anything. You pull back on the stick, which lowers the tail and raises the nose, and up you go.
5. n. a gearshift lever in a car. (see also stick shift.) I keep reaching for the stick in a car with automatic.
6. n. a drunkard. (Possibly from dipstick, shitstick, or swizzle-stick.) Get that stick out of here before he makes a mess.
7. n. a person’s legs. (Always plural.) He’s got good sticks under him, but he won’t use them.
8. and the sticks n. a rural or backwoods area. (Always with the in this sense and always plural.) You hear a lot about how things are in the sticks. They’re worse.

stick

to/by one's guns
To hold fast to an opinion or a set course of action.
See:
References in periodicals archive ?
To keep rice from sticking to the bottom of the pan, spritz the surface with butter-flavor cooking spray before adding water.
Research shows that cranberry juice cocktail keeps bacteria from sticking to the urinary tract wall - so basically when the bugs don't stick, UTIs can't occur," said Amy B.
Seedling Enterprises has developed a unique, patented device technology for maintaining the tips of electrosurgical instruments at temperatures below those that cause sticking, burning and charring of tissue.
After sticking a note on every home's front door in their delivery area, a pizza shop can expect a response rate as high as 30 percent, he said.
SYRINGE-ASSIST removes the sheath from the needle and then resheaths it in a simple one hand, one step maneuver designed to prevent the needle from sticking the worker (see enclosed photograph).
With practice, "Devil Stickers", those who practice the art of "Devil Sticking," can perform a number of tricks, while improving their hand-eye coordination and athletic agility.