stickum


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stickum

1. A trademarked adhesive powder, paste, or aerosol spray used in sports to improve athletes' grip on various pieces of equipment, such as balls, bats, dumbbells, etc., though its use has been banned in most professional sports. The term has become so ubiquitous in sports that it is often left uncapitalized. The wide receiver was accused of using stickum on his gloves in the championship game. I find I can lift much heavier weights when I spray a little stickum on the bars.
2. slang Any adhesive, such as glue. He had so much stickum in his hair that not even a tornado would have mussed it up! I hate running my fingers through his hair because they come out covered in stickum.
3. slang Any hair product, especially oil or pomade, used to slick one's hair down or hold it in place. He had so much stickum on his hair that not even a tornado would have mussed it up! I hate running my fingers through his hair because they come out covered in stickum.

stickum

(ˈstɪkəm)
1. n. glue. Put some stickum on this paper and paste it up where it can be seen.
2. n. any thick and sticky substance, especially hair dressing. (see also slickum.) He uses too much stickum on his hair.
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Today, many football players use special gloves that act a lot like Stickum.
Stickum was soon banned but Hayes continued to dish out such violence that he was dubbed 'Lester The Molester' by his fans.
A thin bead of Stickum barrier, placed around the outline of the cotyledon, confined each mite to its assigned cotyledon.
The tape's stickum has darkened and soaked through the paper, forming discolored bars on the overleaf text, as if someone were highlighting lines ("For in my brain is horror and in my body, wrath") with a nasty, burnt-umber marker.
Another preventive measure is applying the stickum "tincture of benzoin" (pronounced BEN-zoh-win), available at drugstores, to the skin before carefully pulling on your tights (avoiding wrinkles).
But one of the narrator's favorite Garp-like touches is his use of Alice Fletcher's speech impediment: "Garp knew about writers who couldn't white" (154); "The good-byes that Garp imagined conducting with Alice were violent scenarios, fraught with Alice's incoherent speech and always ending in desperate lovemaking--another failed resolution, wet with sweat and sweet with the lush stickum of sex, oh yeth" (157); "Did Garp love Alice?
You mean when you didn't have to tuck in your jersey and could smear stickum all over yourself?
You can buy inexpensive commercial traps coated with stickum and a chemical attractant.
The rough wasn't and the greens soaked up shots like a damp sponge, what with the balls behaving as if they were covered with more stickum than former Oakland Raider Lester Hayes.
Visitors needed several shopping bags to take home all of the tchotchkes, gimmicks, notepads, stickums, and freebies.