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 often used with it stuck it out to the end

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Synonyms for stick out


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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On its face, perhaps, Shrill doesn’t stick out from the handful of other quiet, quirky comedies about millennial life. Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Teen Vogue, ""Shrill," Starring Aidy Bryant, Is a Revolution for Fat Representation," 22 Mar. 2019 Just one of 450 stylophoran fossils present at the site, each approximately 478 million years old, the find didn't stick out at first. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A 150-Year Old Weird Ancient Animal Mystery, Solved," 22 Feb. 2019 So, if a white-furred snowshoe hare mates with another snowshoe hare that maintains its darker coat throughout the winter, their offspring won’t stick out like a sore thumb. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Why Ted Cruz rallied with Philadelphia union workers this week," 23 Feb. 2018 The pipes sticking out of the hill collect the methane that decomposing garbage emits. David Gutman, The Seattle Times, "King County’s landfill has been almost full for two decades. What happens next?," 26 Mar. 2019 The size of your kitchen will dictate all of your choices, so having accurate measurements—taking into account windows, doors, and any items that stick out (like pipes or radiators)—is extremely important. Jessica Dailey, Good Housekeeping, "Everything you need to plan and install your dream kitchen.," 11 Feb. 2019 Was there any advice in those magazines that stuck out to you as particularly insightful? Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 6 Dec. 2018 The one that sticks out the most for Peak Halloween Enjoyment? Danny Murphy, Marie Claire, "Recasted: Who Would Star in a Hocus Pocus Remake?," 31 Oct. 2018 But a fresh Darren O’Day stuck out two in a scoreless eighth, and Bleier worked around some drama in the 10th and a one-out double in the 11th to bring his season total to one earned run on seven hits in 8 2/3 innings. Jon Meoli,, "Richard Bleier, Orioles bullpen handle big burden in series win over Yankees," 9 Apr. 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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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