make (something) stick

Definition of make (something) stick

:to make it difficult or impossible to move (something) from a place or position often used figuratively
  • He repeated the information several times to make it stick (in their minds).
  • You can charge him with fraud, but you'll need more evidence if you want to make the charge stick when it comes to a trial.

Word by Word Definitions

make play
  1. : behave, act

  2. : to begin or seem to begin (an action)

  3. : to cause to happen to or be experienced by someone

  1. : the manner or style in which a thing is constructed

  2. : brand

  3. : the physical, mental, or moral constitution of a person

something play
  1. : some indeterminate or unspecified thing

  2. : some indeterminate amount more than a specified number

  3. : a person or thing of consequence

  1. : in some degree : somewhat

  2. used as an intensive giving adverbial force to an adjective

stick play
  1. : a woody piece or part of a tree or shrub: such as

  2. : a usually dry or dead severed shoot, twig, or slender branch

  3. : a cut or broken branch or piece of wood gathered for fuel or construction material

  1. : to hit or propel (something, such as a hockey puck) with a stick

  1. : to pierce with something pointed : stab

  2. : to kill by piercing

  3. : to push or thrust so as or as if to pierce

  1. : a thrust with a pointed instrument : stab

  2. : delay, stop

  3. : impediment


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