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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, 28 Apr. 2021 After a string of armed robberies at Denver dispensaries, employees are worried about another stickup, Tiney Ricciardi reports. The Denver Post, 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, 15 Jan. 2020 No injuries have been reported or arrests made in any of the dozen stickups. oregonlive, 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, 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,, 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,, 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, 6 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Alexis Hernandez is considered a five-tool player and is projected to stick up the middle because of his athleticism. Meghan Montemurro,, 16 Jan. 2022 His ski poles are mounted to the bike frame with foam pipe insulation and his skis — 40-year-old Rossignol Randonnees — stick up into the air like a flagpole behind him, rigged onto the seat post with a bungee cord and hose clamps. New York Times, 29 Dec. 2021 But this is an amazing opportunity to demonstrate how to calmly stick up for personal boundaries and safety. Washington Post, 10 Nov. 2021 At the same time, members of Congress have come to view these fights largely through a partisan lens, rallying to defend their party’s interests rather than stick up for the institutional interests of Congress. Byron Tau, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2021 The tip of the peak should flop back over onto itself rather than stick up straight. Samantha Macavoy, Good Housekeeping, 22 Oct. 2021 And Eli proceeded to stick up both of his middle fingers on national television. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 28 Sep. 2021 The drivers said Schmutzer would stick up for them, and protest how they were being treated. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 22 Sep. 2021 George’s attempts to stick up for himself in the workplace fail, hilariously showcasing his pettiness and inability to let anything go. Larry Fitzmaurice, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021

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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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“Stickup.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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: a robbery that is done using a gun : holdup

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