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stickle

intransitive verb stick·le \ˈsti-kəl\
stick·ledstick·ling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of STICKLE

1
:  to contend especially stubbornly and usually on insufficient grounds
2
:  to feel scruples :  scruple

Origin of STICKLE

alteration of Middle English stightlen, frequentative of stighten to arrange, from Old English stihtan; akin to Old Norse stētta to found, support
First Known Use: 1642

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