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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 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 DeMasi was released in 2013 after serving more than 21 years for another armored car stickup in 1991. Fox News, "'Whitey' Bulger testifier faces murder trial in 1991 slaying," 8 Mar. 2018 Police initially linked the 7-Eleven stickup to Collier’s killing but later backed away from that theory. Michele Mcphee, Newsweek, "Whoever Built the Boston Marathon Bombs is Still on the Loose, Able to Kill Again," 11 Jan. 2018 Both stickups were captured on surveillance video released Wednesday. Tonya Alanez,, "Three armed robbers hit gas station then Subway in same week," 4 Oct. 2017 What Beatty didn’t add was that Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker was executing these stickups in costumes that would shake the fashion world of the late ’60s and has, for a half century, continued to entrance us. Alice Bell, Vogue, "Channel the Sensational ’60s Style of Bonnie and Clyde, 50 Years On," 13 Aug. 2017 The long prison sentence that resulted from the hotel-room stickup brought a measure of satisfaction to some of those who thought Simpson got away with murder. Ken Ritter, The Seattle Times, "O.J. Simpson triumphant, others devastated as he gets parole," 21 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After the ambassador's resignation, some of that ire was focused on Johnson, who didn't stick up for the career civil servant. Author: William Booth, Josh Daswey, Anchorage Daily News, "British ambassador to US resigns after leak of diplomatic cables," 10 July 2019 The fight resulted in a broken hand for Mantha, who was sticking up for Dylan Larkin, who got run into the boards by Nemeth. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings sign Patrik Nemeth, who nearly lost an arm on the ice," 1 July 2019 The facility and its new port cling to the eastern shore of the gas-rich Yamal Peninsula, which sticks up like a frostbitten thumb into the Kara Sea—that is, in the middle of frozen nowhere. National Geographic, "See Russia’s massive new gas plant on the Arctic coast," 22 Mar. 2019 The remnants of candles stuck up from trays filled with sand in front of the image of the Virgin; a pile of these candles, very long and thin, sat next to a donation box at the door. Garth Greenwell, The New Yorker, "Harbor," 9 Sep. 2019 Throughout that personal page, Williams regularly sticks up for the president, embracing many of his favorite talking points, such as threats of socialism and Antifa. NBC News, "Ms. Nevada has been stripped of her crown. She says it's because she supports Trump.," 21 Aug. 2019 Even outside of the traditional boardroom setting, Black women are often heavily scrutinized for sticking up for themselves. Chasity S. Cooper, Essence, "For Black Women Navigating Corporate Careers, This Book Is A Must-Read," 20 Aug. 2019 Appropriately, young Padres pitcher Luis Perdomo stuck up for his teammates. Tom Krasovic,, "In colorful Tweet, Randy Jones (rightly) applauds Perdomo," 12 Apr. 2018 Day said the sticking up medians were fixed this morning before service started. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "Hit-and-run, scraping noises and a surprise unloading: Your Red Line questions answered after Day One," 1 Sep. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of stickup

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

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