I got stung by a bee.
The jellyfish stung the swimmer.
The bees will sting if you bother them.
The iodine will sting for a few minutes.
The cold rain stung my eyes.
The smoke made our eyes sting.
She was stung by their harsh criticism. Noun
When you get the shot, you'll feel a little sting.
His arm was covered with bee stings.
They were caught in a drug sting.
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Recent Examples on the Web
The losses may sting, but Guyer and Lewisville still have everything to play for.—Greg McKenna, Dallas News, 8 Sep. 2023 The reality star held up his ring finger to the camera as Godwin winked and stung her tongue out.—Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 1 Sep. 2023 Politicians and bureaucrats weren’t the only ones who cried foul about the News-Press’s stinging opinion columns.—Paul Farhi, Washington Post, 3 Aug. 2023 Overall, damaging or destroying 3.5 percent of the Russian military's Il-76 fleet at Pskov will sting and strain logistics, but there’s likely enough redundancy for Russia to cope.—Sébastien Roblin, Popular Mechanics, 31 Aug. 2023 His son also described seeing sharks and being stung by jellyfish.—Raja Razek, CNN, 6 Aug. 2023 And for users already frustrated at Reddit over new API pricing that forced some popular third-party apps to shut down, the loss of awards like Reddit Gold, arguably one of the most iconic elements of the platform, could sting that much more.—Jay Peters, The Verge, 13 July 2023 Like other hornets, the yellow-legged hornet can sting humans and pets, posing a risk to those with anaphylactic reactions to stings.—Drew Kann, ajc, 15 Aug. 2023 Both types of contact dermatitis can cause symptoms such as burning, stinging, itchiness, dryness, and reddening (depending on your skin tone).—Sarah Jacoby, SELF, 10 Aug. 2023
The sandwich is crowded with fat slices of pickled banana peppers that add an extra sting of heat and vinegar to each bite.—Jenn Harris, Los Angeles Times, 11 Sep. 2023 Hives can result from an allergic reaction to medicines, foods, viral infections, or insect stings and bites.—Parents Editors, Parents, 3 Sep. 2023 Some stings can be fatal, but deaths are extremely rare.—Drew Kann, ajc, 15 Aug. 2023 Drugmakers unleashed a broadside at the Inflation Reduction Act as Medicare on Tuesday unveiled the first 10 drugs to face price caps under the law, but most affected companies won’t feel the sting for years.—Daniel Gilbert, Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2023 Few felt the sting of this shift as acutely as Alberda.—Greg Jaffe and Patrick Marley, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Aug. 2023 Meanwhile, many Americans still feel the sting of high costs for the basics.—Compiled By Democrat-Gazette Stafffrom Wire Reports, Arkansas Online, 26 Aug. 2023 Those efforts could include undercover sting operations, stiffer fines and having police join ongoing efforts by San Diego lifeguards to cite reckless riders and impound Jet Skis rented from unlicensed companies or individuals.—David Garrick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Aug. 2023 Taylor is just the latest star back to feel the sting, joining Josh Jacobs, Saquon Barkley, Tony Pollard and Austin Ekeler.—Nate Atkins, The Indianapolis Star, 21 Aug. 2023 See More
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Middle English, from Old English stingan; akin to Old Norse stinga to sting and probably to Greek stachys spike of grain, stochos target, aim