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Definition of stickup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a robbery at gunpoint : holdup

stick up

stuck up; sticking up; sticks up

Definition of stick up (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to stand upright or on end : protrude

transitive verb

: to rob at gunpoint
stick up for
: to speak or act in defense of : support

Examples of stickup in a Sentence

Noun He pulled out a gun and shouted, “This is a stickup!”.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Two brothers with a Hell or High Water dynamic take a disgraced doctor and his family hostage and force him to operate on one of the bros who’s been shot in a stickup gone wrong. Donald Liebenson, Vulture, "20 Straight-to-VOD Bruce Willis Movies, Ranked," 28 Apr. 2021 After a string of armed robberies at Denver dispensaries, employees are worried about another stickup, Tiney Ricciardi reports. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Jan. 20-26," 26 Jan. 2020 Most if not all involved two robbers, in contrast to Tuesday’s stickup. Nov. 12, 12:50 a.m. Mulligan’s Bar & Grill (3518 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd. oregonlive, "Armed robbery at SE Portland bar marks 10th stickup in 2 months," 15 Jan. 2020 No injuries have been reported or arrests made in any of the dozen stickups. oregonlive, "Masked gunman robs Portland dive bar The Vern, becoming 12th tavern targeted," 26 Feb. 2020 Houston police released surveillance video this week showing a violent Waffle House stickup in which a trio of masked armed robbers burst into the restaurant and forced customers to the floor. Robert Gearty, Fox News, "Waffle House armed robbery in Houston caught on video; $5G reward offered," 12 Oct. 2019 Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the gambling that police worry about is open-air dice games that can lead to stickups or shootings. John Keilman,, "Will local bookies survive when legal sports betting comes to Illinois? The odds look good.," 18 June 2019 Man shot in leg during apparent robbery attempt in West Philly A 43-year-old man was in stable condition after having been shot in the leg during an apparent stickup early Thursday in West Philadelphia, police said. Chris Palmer,, "Philadelphia shootings leave 5 dead, 4 wounded," 10 May 2018 The stickup happened Saturday steps from the boy's home in Monroe, about 30 miles (50 kilometers) southeast of Charlotte. Fox News, "Lemonade stand robber on the run; DNA could help track him," 6 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Even the most fainthearted and tremulous of our fellow citizens—our CEOs—could stick up for free speech without being called Nazi sympathizers. WSJ, "How to Have More Police Shootings," 23 Apr. 2021 Going meekly down the highways and byways of life failing to stick up for myself or object in any way when wronged? Eric Zorn,, "Column: Eyes front. Drive like a chicken. Avoid road rage.," 9 Apr. 2021 The goal is harmonious family relations, but your son, and his father, should stick up for you. cleveland, "Dear Annie: My daughter-in-law thinks I’m a horrible person," 5 Apr. 2021 The goal is harmonious family relations, but your son, and his father, should stick up for you. Annie Lane, oregonlive, "Dear Annie: Daughter-in-law slams door on family relationship because of decade’s old tryst," 5 Apr. 2021 Derek towered over the pestering kids, yet lacked the confidence to stick up for himself and was too kindhearted to intentionally hurt anyone. John Marshall, Star Tribune, "Special Olympics gave him confidence to spread his message of kindness," 12 Mar. 2021 Pence also makes sure to stick up for one of the most downtrodden groups in American politics: wealthy campaign donors. Matt Ford, The New Republic, "Pence Is Still Pushing Trump’s Big Lie," 4 Mar. 2021 Some urge their peers to stick up for themselves, while others snap back that a union won’t improve their lives. New York Times, "Amazon’s Great Labor Awakening," 18 Feb. 2021 Though her husband clearly had her back, Hailey Bieber also took a moment to stick up for herself. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "Justin Bieber Slams ‘Sad’ Jelena Stan for Telling Fans to ‘Go After’ Hailey," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of stickup


1862, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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9 May 2021

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“Stickup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stickup

US, informal : a robbery that is done using a gun

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