stick·​up | \ ˈstik-ˌəp How to pronounce stickup (audio) \

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


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

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 And though the country star seemed to gather alot of hate for his words, some people stuck up for him on Twitter. Fox News, "Eric Church fans react to NRA Vegas shooting comment," 27 July 2018 Among them is a blurry photo taken off the coast of the island in 1937; TIGHAR contends that the image may show a chunk of the Lockheed Electra’s landing gear sticking up from the waters’ edge. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Why the Much-Publicized Mission to Find Amelia Earhart’s Plane Is Likely to Come Up Empty," 1 Aug. 2019 The principal suspended him for his choice of topic, but his father, a member of the United Farm Workers, stuck up for him. New York Times, "Rewriting Greek Tragedies as Immigrant Stories," 12 July 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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