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Stick up   /stɪk əp/   Listen
Stick up

verb
1.
Rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat.  Synonym: hold up.
2.
Defend against attack or criticism.  Synonym: stand up.  "She stuck up for the teacher who was accused of harassing the student"






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... other stories.] Then at last having found the track, he went in hot haste after Mr. Rabbit. And both ran hard, till, night coming on, Rabbit, to protect himself, had only just time to trample down the snow a little, and stick up a spruce twig on end and sit on it. But when Wild Cat came up he found there a fine wigwam, and put his head in. All that he saw was an old man of very grave and dignified appearance, whose hair was gray, and whose majestic (sogmoye) appearance was heightened by a pair of long and venerable ears. ...
— The Algonquin Legends of New England • Charles Godfrey Leland

... it. The man whose soul was dead cleared his throat for action, and the driver—for whom the bagman had shouted twice as against the stranger's once—took the opportunity to observe that he always thought a man ought to stick up for his ...
— While the Billy Boils • Henry Lawson

... Bandrist is in on it." She paused abruptly and her eyes rested full on Gregory's face. "I have an idea that old Rock is in on it, too," she said. "He and Bandrist are pretty thick evidently, and Rock always did stick up for Mascola. And all three of them are doing all ...
— El Diablo • Brayton Norton

... were times when he felt the old yearning for excitement and adventure. These times were usually coincident with an acute financial depression in Billy's change pocket, and then he would fare forth in the still watches of the night, with a couple of boon companions and roll a souse, or stick up a saloon. ...
— The Mucker • Edgar Rice Burroughs

... can't earn your living among strangers. You're too absurd! What's the use of a man who can't stand up for himself? A man's got to have teeth and claws in this world! They'll all have a go at you. Can you stick up for yourself? How would you set about it? Damn it all; where the devil ...
— Creatures That Once Were Men • Maxim Gorky

... a hope that after what has occurred there may be no ill-feeling between us. Well, you have done me what I consider an injury. I have no desire to repay it; if I had a chance of doing you a good turn, I should do it; if I heard you abused, I should stick up for you. I have no intention of making a grievance out of it. But if you ask me to say that I do not feel a sense of wrong, or to express a wish to meet you, or to trust you any longer as I have hitherto trusted you, I must decline saying anything of the kind, because it would ...
— The Altar Fire • Arthur Christopher Benson

... good of you to stick up for me like that," said Valentine, as the two cousins hurried off ...
— Soldiers of the Queen • Harold Avery

... remember—and if you don't, I do—how you helped my husband in that dreadful year 1825. I shall never forget that act of yours, Dr. Midleton, and I'd stick up for you if Mrs. Bingham and Mrs. Harrop and Mrs. Cobb and Miss Tarrant were to swear against you and you a-standing in the dock. As for that Miss Tarrant, there's that a- rankling in her that makes her worse than any of them, and if you don't know what it is, being too modest, ...
— Pages from a Journal with Other Papers • Mark Rutherford

... barnyard, and he'd go down to the pond and look at himself in the water; and he got so proud that whenever old Mrs. Hen or old Mr. Rooster would say 'Good-mornin'' to him as kind and as nice as could be, he wouldn't answer politely, but he'd stick up his head and go 'Gobble-gobble-gobble!' and then he'd swell up again and puff out his chest and march himself off. Pretty soon he got so sassy that nobody could live with him. Why, he didn't care what he did and who he stepped ...
— Colonel Carter's Christmas and The Romance of an Old-Fashioned Gentleman • F. Hopkinson Smith

... of working ferrets when rabbit-shooting which, if followed, I think would lead to a better day's shooting. You will often see the ferrets stick up with the rabbits. Now, in most cases the gamekeeper or his man working the ferrets will often cut open a dead rabbit and put the paunch to the burrow. I quite agree as to the desirability of this to get the ferrets out, but I say that the man ...
— Full Revelations of a Professional Rat-catcher - After 25 Years' Experience • Ike Matthews

... do it, Marne, old fellow," he called. "You're so big and you stick up so high that you arouse attention, and that's ...
— The Forest of Swords - A Story of Paris and the Marne • Joseph A. Altsheler

... said the prince. "I shouldn't have let the chance go by in their place, I know. But I stick up for the donkey, all the same; ...
— The Idiot • (AKA Feodor Dostoevsky) Fyodor Dostoyevsky

... well enough,' says Starlight. 'Is that dinner ever going to be ready? Jim, make the tea, there's a good fellow; I'm absolutely starving. The main thing is never to be seen together except on great occasions. Two men, or three at the outside, can stick up any coach or travellers that are worth while. We can get home one by one without half the risk there would be if we were all together. Hand me the corned beef, if you please, Dick. We must hold a council of war ...
— Robbery Under Arms • Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood

... hardship for you all to sleep on this beautiful, soft, white sand to-night? To-morrow we shall have light enough to work by, and I have no doubt that before the end of the day Saint Leger and I will have contrived to stick up a hut or something to cover you. Why, children, this is a regular genuine picnic, in which we shall have everything to do for ourselves, and you will be able to help, too. It will be glorious fun for you, ...
— The Cruise of the "Esmeralda" • Harry Collingwood

... through him to all the scouts. She knew them only through him. They were a race of wonder-workers away off in the surging metropolis of Bridgeboro. She could not aspire to be one of them, but she could be loyal, she could "stick up" for them. ...
— Pee-wee Harris • Percy Keese Fitzhugh

... that better than me, for I've haen the teuch end o' forty year o't. But, still an' on, he's my ain man, the only ane ever I had, an' I'll stick up for him, an' till him, while the lamp holds on to burn, as ...
— My Man Sandy • J. B. Salmond

... another Cadis called by some a Straw-worm, and by some a Russe-coate, whose house or case is made of little pieces of bents and Rushes, and straws, and water weeds, and I know not what which are so knit together with condens'd slime, that they stick up about her husk or case, not unlike the bristles of a Hedg-hog; these three Cadis are commonly taken in the beginning of Summer, and are good indeed to take any kind of fish with flote or otherwise, ...
— The Compleat Angler - Facsimile of the First Edition • Izaak Walton

... think just because scouts go camping in the summer time, and take hikes and all that, that there's nothing to do in the winter. But I'm always going to stick up for winter, that's one ...
— Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels • Percy Keese Fitzhugh

... There never is anybody at Hogglestock to stick up wreaths, or do anything for the prettinesses of life. And now there will be less done than ever. How can mamma look after the holly-leaves in her present state? And yet she will miss them, too. Poor mamma sees very little that is pretty; but ...
— The Last Chronicle of Barset • Anthony Trollope

... there's the Franks. They're not quite so conceited, but they're awfully touchy. I think the mustaches measure conceit. The Tutonians' stick up straight, the Franks' stick right out at each side waxed to a point, and ours ...
— Captain Jinks, Hero • Ernest Crosby

... has made most difference, Meinik. You see, it was all pulled off the brow and neck, before; and it will be some time before it will grow naturally again. I had great trouble to get it to lie down, even when it was wet; and it will certainly have a tendency to stick up, for a ...
— On the Irrawaddy - A Story of the First Burmese War • G. A. Henty

... do we know we'll get the money?—from him, anyway," said Josephine. "We've had these actor-people here before. And I didn't like the way he swanked about outside, thinking he was as good as anybody, and throwing his stick up in the air and catching it again. And then when Miss Torsen came in to say good-bye, I told her, and I wondered if she couldn't let me have the money for him. Miss Torsen was shocked, and said, 'Hasn't he paid himself?' ...
— Look Back on Happiness • Knut Hamsun

... said Stella stoutly, for she and Kit were great friends, and Stella was always one to stick up for those she liked. "If they pick Kit for his size, and think they have got an easy thing, they will find that they have gathered up a red-hot Chile pepper. He'll give them the hottest fight they ever had, as ...
— Ted Strong's Motor Car • Edward C. Taylor

... about the house at Cross Hall, why did you encourage those foolish old maids to run counter to me. You must have understood pretty well that it would not suit either of us to be near the other, and yet you chose to stick up for ...
— Is He Popenjoy? • Anthony Trollope

... spirits to the extent of producing the first laugh they had enjoyed since the accident; and to demonstrate the possible torch bearing, Cleo paraded on ahead with a long stick up-raised, while Grace and Louise followed with the crabs squirming in ...
— The Girl Scouts at Sea Crest - The Wig Wag Rescue • Lillian Garis

... said John, clapping him on the back, "stick up for bonnie Scotland, and don't let her be robbed of ...
— To Mars via The Moon - An Astronomical Story • Mark Wicks

... twilight as I passed onward I saw the lonely figure of the old man moving with his hickory stick up the pathway to his lonely house. The ...
— The Friendly Road - New Adventures in Contentment • (AKA David Grayson) Ray Stannard Baker

... "None of my family wears ears that can be seen. What a sight I'd be with long ears! Ears are very ugly things, and I only hope that I haven't eaten so much cabbage that mine will begin to grow.... Do you suppose they'd hang down like yours or stick up like Jimmy Rabbit's? He ...
— The Tale of Henrietta Hen • Arthur Scott Bailey

... beat him and take him to de lake and put him on a log and shev him in de lake, but he always swimmed out. When dey didn' do dat dey would beat him tel de blood run outen him and den trow him in de ditch in de field and kivver him up wid dirt, head and years and den stick a stick up at his haid. I wuz a water toter and had stood and seen um do him dat way more'n once and I stood and looked at um tel dey went 'way to de other rows and den I grabbed de dirt ofen him and he'd bresh de dirt off and say 'tank yo', ...
— Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States - From Interviews with Former Slaves - Florida Narratives • Works Projects Administration

... the Gate are some insignificant painted wooden figures, representing Rogues sawing Log-wood, and Justice holding a Rod over them; and the like of these, with figures of scourging and branding, they stick up in their Public Walks and Gardens, to show what is Done to those who pluck the Flowers or carve Names upon the Trunks of the Trees, and it has a most wholesome effect in frightening Evil-doers. So in the Yard of the Rasphuys is a Whipping-post ...
— The Strange Adventures of Captain Dangerous, Vol. 3 of 3 • George Augustus Sala

... be some nous in your advertisements; there must be a system, and there must be some wit in your system. It won't suffice now-a-days to stick up on a blank wall a simple placard to say that you have forty thousand best hose just new arrived. Any wooden-headed fellow can do as much as that. That might have served in the olden times that we hear of, twenty years since; but the game ...
— The Struggles of Brown, Jones, and Robinson - By One of the Firm • Anthony Trollope

... get off the car for!" he shouted. "Why, I wouldn't have missed it for anything. It was immense! It's so confounded seldom," he went on, "that you find anybody with backbone enough to stick up for a principle ..." ...
— The Real Adventure • Henry Kitchell Webster

... we agreed among ourselves, with our tutor's leave, to stick up a paper in the school, offering one shilling reward to any of the party who would turn evidence, and give information of the person who committed the fact. As we had great reason to suppose several were concerned in the eating of it, we were in hopes by this means to make a discovery; ...
— Forgotten Tales of Long Ago • E. V. Lucas

... does," said Abner. "And I can lug this heavy camera way over there if you say so, and hand ten thousand dollars worth of free ads to a German line, stick up pictures of their boat in little drugstore windows all up and down the Middle West. Do you know how to tell ...
— The Harbor • Ernest Poole

... would stick up for him," she retorted; "men always band themselves together against an unfortunate girl. But Leo has behaved like a brute. He watched me while my lord was talking to me, and caught snatches of our conversation. ...
— A Bride of the Plains • Baroness Emmuska Orczy

... out is easy enough," said Dolphin: "the trouble is to get away with the stuff. You ought to see that with half an eye. To stick up the escort requires a little skill, a little pluck; but as for gettin' away with the ...
— The Tale of Timber Town • Alfred Grace

... answered Vivian, "and seen as well. No, if you want to have a shot let's stick up a target outside this window, ...
— The Camera Fiend • E.W. Hornung

... Rowdy?" inquired Arnold caressing the bulldog. "You'll stick up for me, won't you, ...
— Boy Scouts in Southern Waters • G. Harvey Ralphson

... horse be safest? Clearly in its own place on the stick. He got out of bed therefore to pick the stick up, and in so doing saw on the carpet the piece of paper which had been round the cotton. This he picked up also, and getting again into bed, had begun to replace the handle of the bamboo, when his ...
— Warlock o' Glenwarlock • George MacDonald

... again, and begins running like a wild cat in her rage round the room, so that her kerchief falls off, and her two sharp, dry, ash-coloured shoulder-bones stick up to sight, like pegs for hanging baskets on; and she curses and blasphemes the young knight and his whole race, who, however, cares little for her wrath, but gently taking Diliana by ...
— Sidonia The Sorceress V2 • William Mienhold

... the book on the window, 'cause teacher will see you; or inside the door, 'cause some one may steal it. You put it in my cubby-house, right at the corner of the wall nearest the big maple. You'll find a cunning place between the roots that stick up under the flat stone. That's my closet, and I keep things there. It's the best cubby of all, and we ...
— Under the Lilacs • Louisa May Alcott

... Johnson sneered. "Hark ye, boy, no funking with me now! When I begin with a kinchin cove I starts squar. If ye think it's wicked to ketch tarrapin, why, I want 'em caught. If you don't keer, you kin jest stick up yer sail an' pint for Deil's Island, an' we'll make it ...
— The Entailed Hat - Or, Patty Cannon's Times • George Alfred Townsend

... say anything about the cunning little tails of the nuts, Miss Harson," said Edith, in a disappointed tone. "I think they're the prettiest part, and they stick up in the ...
— Among the Trees at Elmridge • Ella Rodman Church

... tellin' Boss Edwards, over on the Cimarron, that that rock point that you see projectin' up was the peak of a mountain, an' that this narrow trail we're on is the back of a ridge that used to stick up high an' mighty above a lot ...
— Square Deal Sanderson • Charles Alden Seltzer

... end of a second stick up against one tie, allowing one string to come over and the other string under the second stick (Fig. 128). Cross the two lengths of the string over the second stick, bringing the lower string up and the upper string down (Fig. 129); then lay another stick up against ...
— Little Folks' Handy Book • Lina Beard

... constitution, as well as my betters. Justice and honor being an Englishman's mottoes, we must look manfully to the main chance. We are none of your flighty talkers, but a reasoning people, and there is no want of deep thinkers on the little island; and therefore, Sir, taking all together, why England must stick up for her rights! Here is your Dutchman, for instance, a ravenous cormorant; a fellow with a throat wide enough to swallow all the gold of the Great Mogul, if he could get at it; and yet a vagabond who has not even a fair footing on ...
— The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas • James Fenimore Cooper

... the jeep, but no Kroger or Pat. Lots of those big tracks nearby. We're taking the jeep to follow the aliens' tracks. There's some moss around here, on reddish brown rocks that stick up through the sand, just on the shady side, though. Kroger must be happy ...
— The Dope on Mars • John Michael Sharkey

... good old man to stick up for your old wife! Still, I say, they may as well wait a bit. It would be a pity to anger the ...
— Annals of a Quiet Neighbourhood • George MacDonald

... distressed. They ought to have the strength of mind to insist upon his marrying Mary Clibborn. But they stick up for everything he does. They think he's perfect. I'm sure it's not respectful to God to worship a human being as they ...
— The Hero • William Somerset Maugham

... change and wars rage, and folks grow fickle and tear down statues. None of that for your Uncle Dudley K. Verboten! No; this is what I shall do: On every available site in the length and breadth of this my realm I shall stick up my name; and, wherever possible, near to it I shall engrave or paint the names of my two favorite sons, Ausgang and Eingang—to the end that, come what may, we shall never be forgotten in the ...
— Europe Revised • Irvin S. Cobb

... Bushrangers ain't no account on foot. My men must be all mounted. So I propose we meet on the toll-bar road just when it's gettin' dark, all riding our billy-goats an' armed to the teeth; an' we'll stick up all the Cow Flat people goin' ...
— The Gold-Stealers - A Story of Waddy • Edward Dyson

... set my back up. He was talkin' through his Sunday hat all the time, pretendin' to stick up for Virelet, knowin' perfectly well what she is, and cussin' and swearin' at her for it in his heart, and naggin' at me because there wasn't anybody else to ...
— The Combined Maze • May Sinclair

... stand them. The captain who sent such a stick up in his ship, would have to throw it overboard before night. I never saw such a pole in the ...
— The Two Admirals • J. Fenimore Cooper

... Elizabeth's reign by Lord Walsingham, whose obligation it was to have kept it in repair. The Pulpit is a relic of Puritan times, dated 1658, very small and plain. It was evidently not intended for the preacher to sit down, as nails stick up in the very small seat. The Lukely stream runs through the village. The view here shown is taken from the Beech Grove, a very beautiful walk leading to ...
— Pictures in Colour of the Isle of Wight • Various

... stick up to his chin.) Why, 'tis possible; but I would not answer for the description being ...
— Olla Podrida • Frederick Marryat

... them, that's not so certain, but the brutes arn't a bit too good for it; and I did h'ar of their burning one poor woman at Sandusky. But now, Captain, if you are anxious to have the young lady, your sister, in safety, h'yar's the place to stick up your tent-poles, h'yar, in this very settlement, whar the Injuns never trouble us, never coming within ten miles of us. Thar's as good land here as on Bear's Grass; and we shall be glad of your company. It is not often we have a rich man to take luck among us. ...
— Nick of the Woods • Robert M. Bird

... phosphorus is," sez I, "but you'll have to do a master job of painting to make that William goat look like a pinchin'-bug. Still, this is your projec' an' if you want to play the wheel one whirl, why I'll help stick up the stake." ...
— Happy Hawkins • Robert Alexander Wason

... course, it's all right to stick up for one's friends and that sort of thing, but I guess that you chaps, like myself, are down here to, line your ...
— The Border Boys Across the Frontier • Fremont B. Deering

... "She wouldn't stick up in her room all day bawling her eyes out if she didn't. I'll call Bill up and tell him so, then he'll come and they'll make up. I bet he's sorry, ...
— The Promise - A Tale of the Great Northwest • James B. Hendryx

... what every yapping cur is, when you hold a stick up at him," said the farrier. "But I'm afraid o' neither man nor ghost, and I'm ready to lay a fair bet. ...
— Silas Marner - The Weaver of Raveloe • George Eliot



Words linked to "Stick up" :   defend, stickup, assail, mug, fend for, rob, attack, support, offense, set on, crime, law-breaking, assault, criminal offence, criminal offense, offence



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