Definition of Stick up

1. Verb. Rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat.

Exact synonyms: Hold Up
Category relationships: Crime, Criminal Offence, Criminal Offense, Law-breaking, Offence, Offense
Entails: Assail, Assault, Attack, Set On
Specialized synonyms: Mug
Generic synonyms: Rob
Derivative terms: Holdup, Stickup

2. Verb. Defend against attack or criticism. "She stuck up for the teacher who was accused of harassing the student"
Exact synonyms: Stand Up
Generic synonyms: Defend, Fend For, Support

Definition of Stick up

1. Verb. (transitive) To put up by sticking. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive idiomatic) To rob at gunpoint. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To protect one's status. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Stick Up

stick on
stick one's neck out
stick one's nose in
stick one's nose into
stick one's oar in
stick one's tongue out
stick out
stick out like a sore thumb
stick pusher
stick shaker
stick shift
stick that in your pipe and smoke it
stick to
stick to one's guns
stick together
stick up (current term)
stick up for
stick with
stickball game
sticker book
sticker price
sticker prices
sticker shock

Literary usage of Stick up

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Popular Science Monthly (1880)
"This fact has surprised many observers, who have supposed that climbing plants have some occult sense by which they discover the whereabouts of the stick up ..."

2. The Slang Dictionary: Etymological, Historical, and Anecdotal by John Camden Hotten (1874)
"STICK up, to place in an a " STICK it up to me," ie, give me credit for it ... Stick-up, to keep any one waiting at an appointed place or tin- leave a ..."

3. A Dictionary of Slang, Jargon & Cant: Embracing English, American, and Anglo by Albert Barrère, Charles Godfrey Leland (1890)
"(Popular and thieves), to stick up, to deceive, cheat, disappoint. VOL. II. Now don't stick me up (disappoint); ... To stick up literally signifies to stop. ..."

4. The Popular Science Review: A Quarterly Miscellany of Entertaining and (1880)
"This fact has surprised many observers, who have supposed that climbing plants have some occult sense by which hey discover the whereabouts of the stick, up ..."

5. The Story of the Australian Bushrangers by George Boxall (1902)
"The Kellys stick up the Town of Jerilderie ; Robbery of the Bank of New South Wales; A Symposium in the Royal Hotel; A Three-days' Spree ; "Hurrah for the ..."

6. Literary News by L. Pylodet, Augusta Harriet (Garrigue) Leypoldt (1895)
"You walk on rotten tops while the knots stick up beneath you like sabres. " Has" floats calmly out to sea, as it were, on a detached log which he is cutting ..."

7. Publications by English Dialect Society (1879)
"Stick- up, v. to stick up for = to promote vigorously; to stick up against = to oppose vigorously. Stickle-back, s. a kind of fish; ..."

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