big stick


Definition of big stick

: threat especially of military or political intervention

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The former 15th-round pick out of Wichita State is batting .259 with 30 homers and 20 steals, flashing five-tool ability with lefty power that could immediately reinforce a Colorado bench that’s thin on big sticks. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Newman: If Rockies are serious about assessing for 2020, here’s the prospects they need to call up this year," 13 Aug. 2019 Holding him back: Portrush is the unknown for so many and at over 7,300 yards will call on the big stick. Geoff Shackelford, azcentral, "British Open: 10 players to watch this week," 16 July 2019 Mogilny, who was terrifying as a 76-goal Sabre, put up 55 one year with the Canucks, and carried a big stick for the turn-of-the-century Devils, has both the stats and cultural impact to warrant inclusion. Matt Porter,, "Where NHL teams stand entering free agency," 29 June 2019 Tweet of the day The Lid: Speak quickly and carry a big stickDon't miss the pod from yesterday, when Alex Seitz-Wald outlined a game plan for how candidates can make the most of their time on the crowded debate stage. NBC News, "What to watch for at tonight's second debate," 27 June 2019 Glove decently and carry a big stick, and there should be a spot for you in the lineup. Michael Beller,, "Pittsburgh's Crowded Outfield a Confusing Piece of the Waiver Wire Puzzle," 13 June 2019 Hong Kong’s market regulator has taken out the big stick against four global investment banks for cutting corners on IPOs. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Hong Kong Must Give Critical Voices Freer Rein," 15 Mar. 2019 Recently, America is brandishing the trade war big stick, smacking other countries at will. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "China’s Official News Media Sharply Criticize Trump," 16 June 2018 One of the biggest sticking points here is Chrome; Google's browser is the most widely used third-party application on Windows. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft joining Qualcomm and Google to bring Chrome to Windows on ARM," 21 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of big stick

1893, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of big stick was in 1893

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English Language Learners Definition of big stick

: a threat to use violence or force to make a person, group, country, etc., do something

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