stick/stand out like a sore thumb

Definition of stick/stand out like a sore thumb

informal
:to be very noticeable in usually a bad way

Word by Word Definitions

stick play
  1. : a woody piece or part of a tree or shrub: such as

  2. : a usually dry or dead severed shoot, twig, or slender branch

  3. : a cut or broken branch or piece of wood gathered for fuel or construction material

  1. : to hit or propel (something, such as a hockey puck) with a stick

  1. : to pierce with something pointed : stab

  2. : to kill by piercing

  3. : to push or thrust so as or as if to pierce

  1. : a thrust with a pointed instrument : stab

  2. : delay, stop

  3. : impediment

stand play
  1. : to support oneself on the feet in an erect position

  2. : to be a specified height when fully erect

  3. : to rise to an erect position

  1. : a halt for defense or resistance

  2. : an often defensive effort of some duration or degree of success

  3. : a stop made to give a performance

out play
  1. : in a direction away from the inside or center

  2. : outside

  3. : from among others

  1. : eject, oust

  2. : to identify publicly as being such secretly

  3. : to become publicly known

  1. used as a function word to indicate an outward movement

  1. : situated outside : external

  2. : out-of-bounds

  3. : situated at a distance : outlying

  1. : outside

  2. : one who is out of office or power or on the outside

  3. : an act or instance of putting a player out or of being put out in baseball

  1. : in a manner that exceeds or surpasses and sometimes overpowers or defeats

sore play
  1. : causing emotional pain or distress

  2. : physically tender (as from overuse or injury) : feeling or affected by pain : achy

  3. : attended by difficulties, hardship, or exertion

  1. : a localized sore spot on the body

  2. : a source of pain or vexation : affliction

  1. : sorely

thumb play
  1. : the short thick digit of the human hand that is analogous in position to the big toe and differs from the other fingers in having only two phalanges, allowing greater freedom of movement, and being opposable to each of them

  2. : the part of a glove or mitten that covers the thumb

  3. : a convex molding : ovolo

  1. : to turn over pages

  2. : to travel by thumbing rides : hitchhike

  3. : to request or obtain (a ride) in a passing automobile by signaling with the thumb


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