stick out

verb
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 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 Two detectives searched Newark all weekend, and Monday morning spotted a man with toes sticking out from his shoes who under questioning admitted to owning a .38-caliber revolver, the same make that killed Israel. Bob Brody, WSJ, "A Belated Lesson From a Murdered Ancestor," 28 Jan. 2020 Mohammed Islam, 18, said one thing that stuck out about Mr. Alam was his walk — a macho strut that projected aggression. New York Times, "Times Square Terror Plot: Inspired by Bin Laden, Man Planned Bombing, Officials Say," 7 June 2019 One thing that stuck out was the idea of getting bored. Essence, "'Black Mirror's' 'Striking Vipers' Episode: All The Theories Broken Down," 5 June 2019 The forklift had the vehicle’s long forks sticking out into oncoming traffic, witnesses said. Megan O'matz, sun-sentinel.com, "Driver killed in crash with forklift at Fort Lauderdale beach," 17 Nov. 2019 The Terminator: Dark Fate Xbox is a full custom mold though, with a melty-faced and red-eyed robot sticking out from the top. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: Look at this Terminator-themed Xbox One X and its ominous red eye," 1 Nov. 2019 The New York City Police Department is investigating after a man's body was found rolled up in a carpet, just his feet sticking out, on a Manhattan sidewalk. Fox News, "Body wrapped in carpet found outside New York City Starbucks, police say," 12 Sep. 2019 The 30-pound male bear cub was discovered with its head and front paws still sticking out from beneath the side of the dumpster. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Bear cub crushed when dumpster toppled onto its neck in Jefferson County," 9 Sep. 2019

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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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9 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Stick out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stick%20out. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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