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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 After a string of armed robberies at Denver dispensaries, employees are worried about another stickup, Tiney Ricciardi reports. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Jan. 20-26," 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, "Armed robbery at SE Portland bar marks 10th stickup in 2 months," 15 Jan. 2020 No injuries have been reported or arrests made in any of the dozen stickups. oregonlive, "Masked gunman robs Portland dive bar The Vern, becoming 12th tavern targeted," 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, "Waffle House armed robbery in Houston caught on video; $5G reward offered," 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,, "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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Though her husband clearly had her back, Hailey Bieber also took a moment to stick up for herself. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "Justin Bieber Slams ‘Sad’ Jelena Stan for Telling Fans to ‘Go After’ Hailey," 4 Dec. 2020 But on those days, an easy backup lies 10 miles northeast up Route 33 at Seneca Rocks, a soaring crag popular among rock climbers, with razor thin fins that stick up vertically and rise nearly 900 feet. New York Times, "Leaf Peeping Is Not Canceled: 6 Drives and Hikes to Try This Fall," 1 Oct. 2020 By using a flexible OLED display like the iPhone's, Google is able to tuck the bottom edge under itself to get rid of the 2 or 3 millimeters of bezel that usually stick up from the bottom. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "The Google Pixel 5 has arrived with a new definition of ‘flagship’ phone," 30 Sep. 2020 Coaches often stick up for coaches, but the firing of Nate McMillan by the Indiana Pacers is real head-scratcher for some of his colleagues. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, "Pacers fire Nate McMillan: Heat coach says it's 'totally ridiculous'," 26 Aug. 2020 Tracee Ellis Ross isn't afraid to stick up for her character. Sara M Moniuszko, USA TODAY, "Tracee Ellis Ross on speaking up for her 'Black-ish' character: 'Why am I doing the lady chores?'," 19 Aug. 2020 That long stick up your nose feels like it’s touching your brain. Willie Brown,, "Willie Brown: California’s confused fight against the coronavirus," 4 July 2020 So think of a female friend who is good at sticking up for herself and set aside a time to talk (Zoom happy hour?) about your case. Marshall Bright,, "How To Negotiate With Your Boss Via Zoom," 17 Apr. 2020 He was fired, but for sticking up for his men and women. Benedict D. Capaldi, National Review, "A Captain’s Duty," 7 Apr. 2020

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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. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of stickup

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

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