stickup

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

Definition of stickup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a robbery at gunpoint : holdup

stick up

verb
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, chicagotribune.com, "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, Philly.com, "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, Sun-Sentinel.com, "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

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 As Sarkisian has been buffeted by criticism from all sides in recent years, no one has stuck up for him more than his current boss. Rainer Sabin | Rsabin@al.com, al, "Back for a second act, Alabama OC Steve Sarkisian has new energy, ideas," 3 Aug. 2019 The spat began when Emily’s husband Shane appeared to stick up for Vicki’s then-boyfriend Steve Lodge, which ticked Kelly off since Steve and Vicki allegedly helped introduce Kelly’s ex-husband to his new girlfriend. Kate Hogan, PEOPLE.com, "All of the Most Epic Real Housewives Brawls, Ever," 26 July 2019 At the crime scene, the white Jeep sat on the street with its front passenger window almost completely shot out, save for a few glass shards sticking up at the bottom. Alice Yin, chicagotribune.com, "Boy, 15, killed in Roseland double shooting: ‘Did they take him already?’," 23 July 2019 In Brussels — the often dull, bureaucratic capital of the E.U. — the young Johnson found a way to run at the front of the field, ahead of older, more docile correspondents who tended to stick up for the E.U. and stick to the facts. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson, Britain’s likely next prime minister, is a hack — a journalist who has reached the pinnacle of power," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of stickup

Noun

1862, in the meaning defined above

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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stickup

noun

English Language Learners Definition of stickup

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

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