sticking plaster


chiefly British
: an adhesive plaster especially for closing superficial wounds

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Moreover, are certain actions – like disposable cups in stadiums, or the use of recycled fibres in kits – simply a sticking plaster over much wider issues across the entire supply chain? Jonquil Hackenberg, Forbes, 9 Sep. 2021 The answers might involve some sticking plasters to make sure no-deal contingency plans work, more public spending to support business, and even more European Central Bank stimulus. Washington Post, 23 Sep. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1584, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sticking plaster was in 1584

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“Sticking plaster.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

Medical Definition

sticking plaster


stick·​ing plaster ˈstik-iŋ-ˌ How to pronounce sticking plaster (audio)
: an adhesive plaster especially for closing superficial wounds
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