stick out

verb
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 itstuck it out to the end

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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
Recent Examples on the Web What is certain is that Pete Buttigieg—the millennial candidate, the candidate of generational change—is a man stuck out of time, a Rip Van Winkle who’s somehow managed to keep both his boyish looks and sense of mission. Osita Nwanevu, The New Republic, "Pete Buttigieg Is Still Fighting the Last War," 30 Oct. 2019 When gut microbes were missing, these neurons failed to appropriately form and absorb spines that stick out of these cells, which help with learning and forgetting, the researchers report. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Chemicals released by bacteria may help gut control the brain, mouse study suggests," 23 Oct. 2019 Surveillance video from a business along that route shows what police believe to be the girl's head sticking out of the back window. Jay R. Jordan, Houston Chronicle, "Sketch, surveillance video released in possible kidnapping in southeast Houston," 3 Oct. 2019 The garbage man found it in a bag, and the hand was sticking out of it. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 23 Sep. 2019 Then the thrill ride of the flooding and people trapped at the top of the Ferris wheel sticking out of the ocean will happen in part two. Ew Staff, EW.com, "What to Watch on Monday: Fall TV officially kicks off with The Voice, 9-1-1, and many more," 23 Sep. 2019 The family's tent was in shambles, Fee said, and sticking out of its entrance was the rear end of a large wolf. Allyson Chiu, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Like ... a horror movie’: Camper saves family from wolf attack in Canada’s Banff National Park," 14 Aug. 2019 The family's tent was in shambles, Fee said, and sticking out of its entrance was the rear end of a large wolf. The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Man saves N.J. family of 4 from savage wolf attack in Canada," 14 Aug. 2019 In the photos, airport employees can be seen carrying what seems to be a long white dress with a white feathered train sticking out of its Saks Fifth Ave garment bag. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Wedding Rumors Fly After Kylie Jenner Is Photographed with This Dress," 7 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of stick out

circa 1640, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

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16 Nov 2019

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The first known use of stick out was circa 1640

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