stick out

stuck out; sticking out; sticks 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 entry 1 often used with itstuck 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
Recent Examples on the Web Memes soon turned up showing a large plane parked near a crowded street market or sticking out of a garage. David Luhnow, WSJ, "Mexico’s President Wants to Raffle Off the Presidential Jet," 29 Jan. 2020 Then one day Gallaher walked into Shepard's penultimate location on Oakwood, and saw an elongated neck sticking out of a guitar rack there. Matt Wake |, al, "An Alabama guitar craftsman’s next chapter," 17 Jan. 2020 The song celebrates John Drummond, who stuck the base of a wire Christmas tree into the traffic cone sticking out of the pothole. USA TODAY, "Rare black rhino born, dengue fever, ‘Santa Lady,’ disputed Lincoln hat: News from around our 50 states," 26 Dec. 2019 The root ball was the size of a small cabin, shiny rocks sticking out of it everywhere. John Jeremiah Sullivan, The New Yorker, "Mother Nut," 23 Dec. 2019 They were unearthed near the muddy banks of the Solo River in the early 1930s by a Dutch team that spotted an ancient rhino skull sticking out of the eroding sediments of a riverside terrace. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian, "Fossils From Some of the Last Homo Erectus Hint at the End of the Long-Lived Species," 18 Dec. 2019 For now, the space is marked only by metal rods sticking out of the overgrown grass, but once it’s built, the church will seat 1,550 and stand 12 stories high. Emma Green, The Atlantic, "The Christian Withdrawal Experiment," 12 Dec. 2019 The elf feet sticking out of the tree adds a playful touch. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Need Some Design Inspo? Here's How the Stars Decorated Their Christmas Trees," 12 Dec. 2019 One thing that stuck out right off the bat: The Democrats’ bill proposes the largest year-over-year greenhouse gas emissions cuts from the transportation sector to date. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, "Daily on Energy, presented by API: US greenhouse gas emissions on track to rise absent new policies," 29 Jan. 2020

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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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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stick out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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