stick out

verb

Definition of stick out 

intransitive verb

1a : to jut out : project

b : to be prominent or conspicuous

2 : to be persistent (as in a demand or an opinion)

transitive verb

: endure, last often used with it stuck it out to the end

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Synonyms for stick out

Synonyms

bag, balloon, beetle, belly, billow, bulge, bunch, jut, overhang, poke, pooch [chiefly dialect], pouch, pout, project, protrude, stand out, start, swell

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Examples of stick out in a Sentence

no feet sticking out in the aisles, please managed to stick out the whole race despite her bad knee

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Up in a high puff; a stretched, brushed-out 'fro in the shape of a flame; and multiple braids sticking out à la Coolio. Sharine Taylor, Allure, "For These Dancehall Artists, Hair Is Just as Important as the Music," 27 Sep. 2018 The graphics were pretty bad even by the standards of the original Game Boy (seriously, a game that looks like this stuck out like a sore thumb compared to the Nintendo 64 and PlayStation-era games of its time). Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "“Aren’t you a little too old for that?” Two decades of playing Pokémon," 2 Sep. 2018 The photo sheet cake displayed an unusually unflattering selfie of Jenner lying on a bed, arms overhead, with her tongue sticking out and one eyed closed. refinery29.com, "About That Horrifying Cake Kylie Jenner Got Travis Scott For His Birthday," 29 Apr. 2018 Eight minutes later Ibrahimovic found himself one on one with Sanchez at the end of a breakaway, but the keeper won that battle by sticking out his left leg to knock the shot away. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Zlatan Ibrahimovic gives Galaxy 1-0 win over Bastian Schweinsteiger and Fire," 15 Apr. 2018 Upon finding the person with their legs sticking out of some bushes, the campus' police asked him a few questions, and his answers were beyond perfect. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "Texas A&M police share tweet of hilarious drunk arrest," 12 Jan. 2018 Instead of its first toe sticking out thumblike, as an ape’s would, this creature’s big toe was in line with the other four. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "Hominin Trackways in Greece? The Game Is Afoot," 29 Dec. 2017 Murdock emerges from each conflict bloodied, bruised, and exhausted — and in one notable instance, with a pair of scissors sticking out of his chest. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Daredevil’s ‘suffering makes a man’ trope is common, familiar, and bad for everyone," 24 Oct. 2018 But next year will come a whole new set of political circumstances, and there’s no telling who will end up with a knife sticking out of their back. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The biggest lie Trump tells is that he’s kept his promises," 18 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of stick out

circa 1640, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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The first known use of stick out was circa 1640

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