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sting in the tail

A disappointing ending to something, such as a story, that is otherwise upbeat and positive. The movie began as a sweet, romantic love story, so the tragic ending was an unexpected sting in the tail.
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take the sting out of (something)

To alleviate the pain or annoyance caused by something. Well, coming home to freshly baked cookies somewhat took the sting out of getting another parking ticket.
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sting (one) to the quick

To deeply emotionally hurt or offend one. The comments stung me to the quick, but I remained composed and carried on with the lecture.
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sting (one) for (something)

To force one to pay a large amount of money, especially when that sum is surprising or seems unfair. The mechanic stung me for nearly $800 for various repairs when all I wanted him to do was change the oil. I was stung for a huge tax bill because of the money I won last summer.
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sting someone for something

Sl. to cheat someone of a particular amount; to make someone pay for something. That guy stung me for twenty bucks! Toby was stung for the lunch bill.
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sting someone with something

to use something to sting someone. The bee stung me with its stinger. The wasp can sting you with its poisonous barb.
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take the sting out of

Lessen the severity or unpleasantness of something, as in That senior citizen discount took the sting out of the airfares. [Mid-1800s]
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a sting in the tail

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COMMON If something such as a remark or a plan has a sting in the tail, it seems good at first but contains an unpleasant part at the end. Even the remark about Chomsky being `arguably the most important intellectual alive' had a sting in its tail. The sentence went on: `how can he write such nonsense about international affairs?' The increased tax rate was an unexpected sting in the tail in an otherwise acceptable Budget. Note: This is a reference to a scorpion, which is small and looks harmless, but has a poisonous sting in its tail.
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take the sting out of something

If something takes the sting out of an unpleasant situation, it makes it less unpleasant. His calmness surprised her and helped to take the sting out of her anger. One of the best ways to take the sting out of things is put a humorous angle on it.
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sting in the tail

an unpleasant or problematic end to something.
1992 Ronald Wright Stolen Continents At last Hendrick came to the sting in the tail of his speech.
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a ˌsting in the ˈtail

(informal) an unpleasant feature that comes at the end of a story, an event, etc: Roald Dahl’s stories often have a sting in the tail; that’s why I like them.
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take the ˈsting out of something

(of a situation) take away the part that is unpleasant or dangerous: We can pay the electricity bill in monthly instalments if we want, which takes the sting out of it.
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sting for

v.
To charge someone some surprisingly large amount of money: The airline stung us for $100 to change our ticket.
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sting

1. tv. to cheat or swindle someone; to overcharge someone. That street merchant stung me, but good.
2. n. a well-planned scheme to entrap criminals. The sting came off without a hitch.
3. tv. to entrap and arrest someone. “We’ve been stung!” they hollered.

sting someone for something

tv. to cheat someone of a particular amount; to make someone pay for something. That guy stung me for twenty bucks!
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Symptoms of anaphylactic shock caused by stings include blistering, breathing difficulties, itching, nausea, fever, excessive drooling, vomiting, swellings and hives.
Sting sang #inchallah, 1 song full of hope and peace "God willing," but professional fascists make it controversial.
There are nearly 40000 scorpion sting cases in a year in Iran and the number of recorded deaths are between 14 to 29 people which the most of them have been related to three provinces: Khuzestan, Kohgiluyeh and Bueyerahmad, and Ilam.
On the question of whether he would be making a ring return, Sting is as clueless as the WWE universe for the time being.
1] Scorpion sting is an acute life-threatening, time-limiting medical emergency, more commonly seen in villagers.
One of these ar-eas is central of Iran, including Kashan, Aran and Bidgol where the present retrospective surveying of scorpion sting was conducted academically and entomo-epidemiologically for the first time there.
After the show, once everyone had left, Sting walked out with Trudie and a small entourage.
The sting swelled up then turned into a rash and gradually my whole body started to swell and ache.
D theses are conducted on bee stings, while Israel has the biggest bee sting clinic in the world.
Most people who are stung by an insect will have redness, itching, swelling, and some pain around the sting site as a result of the injected venom (photo available at www.
But Angel Eyes has learned it was on a fruitless visit by the group to Paris in 1977 that Sting first came up with the lyrics to Roxanne.
Sting recently recorded ``Songs From the Labyrinth'' (Deutsche Grammophon), which juxtaposes the (mostly) melancholy tunes of the composer with his writings of the era.
Just ten minutes of cooking removes the sting, although I prefer to cook them "southern style," for forty minutes or more, which breaks down the cell walls to make the nutrients more available.
We have had more bees than usual this summer, hence many more bee sting injuries too.