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 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
Recent Examples on the Web Long staple cotton is considered a luxury fiber because the longer staples mean there are no short fibers to stick out or break off, making the fabric smoother and more durable. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 4 May 2022 The idea here is to knock off any bits of paint that stick out. Washington Post, 21 Mar. 2022 Long staple cotton means that the cotton fibers are longer, making the fabric feel more soft and luxurious compared to shorter fibers that can break off or stick out when twisted into yarns. Grace Wu, Good Housekeeping, 18 Apr. 2022 As such, dark, black rocks stick out in dramatic fashion. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 If your laptop has an SD (or smaller microSD) slot on the side, then pop in a card and keep it there all the time, and nothing will stick out. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 31 Mar. 2022 Of all the entanglements and absurdities that popped up during these seven years to threaten the timeline — ticking away toward the dreamy endpoint of Sunday’s Super Bowl LVI — there is one which just might stick out above all the others. J. Brady Mccollough, Los Angeles Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Its desire to stick out and call attention to itself is one reason why sales of the brand suffered during Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s crackdown on corruption. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2021 While fuel and ammunition transport vehicles tend to stick out, they can be camouflaged, said Michael Kofman, director of Russian studies at CNA and an expert on the Russian military. Washington Post, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of stick out

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

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12 May 2022

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“Stick out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2022.

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