stick out


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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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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Scientists can even train bees to stick out their tongues after smelling new scents associated with a nectar or sugar reward, meaning the bees learn that a new smell will provide them with food. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "‘Safe’ Levels of Pesticide Still Hamper Bees’ Memory and Ability to Learn," 12 July 2018 But there is Jornet, right next to him, scritching out turns on 55-degree blue ice, downclimbing Class 5 rock and snow, slipping across knife ridges so narrow and airy that his skis stick out in both directions. Nick Heil, Outside Online, "Are Kilian Jornet's Speed Records Too Good to Be True?," 12 July 2018 My new jelly sandals were yellow, the kind that let your big toes stick out. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "A Reading List for Reconsidering the Fourth of July in 2018," 3 July 2018 It had been bisected by hundreds of joss sticks, which stuck out from the figure like the shafts of arrows; these were methodically lit after dinner during the performance by the artist and her assistants, who wielded blow torches. Alessandra Codinha, Vogue, "Prune Nourry's "The Amazon" Arrives at the Standard Highline in New York," 22 June 2018 Punk rock dancers stuck out their tongues and shimmied with their shoulders without a care, and P!nk raised herself too -- quite literally. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "P!nk Sings 'Just a Girl' With Gwen Stefani & 6 More Highlights From LA Concert," 1 June 2018 Terrier Hockey Family showing support for #HumboltBroncos #humboldtstrong Kids are leaving their sticks out for the angels to use tonight. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "In Canada, hockey sticks are used to pay tribute to team involved in terrible crash | The Kansas City Star," 9 Apr. 2018 Park it in an underground garage, and the nose sticks out like hair on a wart. Robert Duffer,, "Nissan Titan XD is a diesel beast of a truck," 5 July 2018 The one statistic that stuck out like a sore calf was Guerra’s walk rate: 5.5 per nine innings, a leap from his 3.2 mark in 2016. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Quietly yet efficiently, Junior Guerra has re-emerged as a force in Brewers' rotation," 31 May 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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