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measuring the drapesMaking premature or unwarranted preparations for victory, especially election to public officeRate it:

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stick up forTo defend or protect.Rate it:

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to get hold of wrong end of the stickto not understand the situation correctlyRate it:

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stick upTo rob at gunpoint.Rate it:

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stick aroundTo stay; to linger; to remain.Rate it:

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stick outTo protrude; to extend beyond.Rate it:

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stick outTo be prominent, noticeable, or obtrusive.Rate it:

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stick upTo put up by sticking.Rate it:

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stick outTo persist. See stick it out.Rate it:

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throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stickTry the same thing (or similar things) often enough, and, even if the general standard is poor, sometimes one will be successful.2001, And still no one is shouting stop. read in The Kingdom archives at [1] on 02 Nov 06,Many team managers are of the philosophy that if you throw enough mud at the wall some of it will stick. They believe that team preparation is all about physical fitness. They run the players into the ground and they believe they will be "flying on the day".2001, Robert McCrum, Let them eat cake, in The Observer 16 Dec 01, read on Guardian Unlimited site at [2] on 02 Nov 06,Australian publishing boomed and in the past 10 years the country's literary culture has undergone a mini golden age, capped by Carey's triumph at the 2001 Booker Prize. As one Australian arts administrator said to me many years ago: 'Listen, mate, if you throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick.'2001, Chris Collin, Re: 2-cp speys on The Strathspey Server mailing list archive at [3] on 02 Nov 06,I am finding that "if you throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick". It doesn't always work of course (especially on the nights when the class is mostly the beginners), but the class seems to thrive on the challange.2005, Ray Craft (poster on The right scale blog), Fitzhooie and his Burden, read at [4] on 02 Nov 06,Prosecutors everywhere have bad habits of overcharging lots of cases, knowing that if the throw enough mud at the wall some of it will stick.2005, Sean Kelleher, Spike Milligan: His part in our downfall in Business 07 Aug 05, read at [5] on 02 Nov 06,As long as there is negligible regulation and enforcement anyone can actually try and do the job...Weak regulation allows the industry to build strategies on full time recruitment. The theory goes: throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick.c2005, Everything You've Learned About Marketing Is Wrong, read on LINC Performance website at [6] on 02 Nov 06,They have the money to continue to believe in the repetition side of the equation. You throw enough mud at the wall, some of it will stick. But it still isnRate it:

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more than you can shake a stick atAlternative form of more than one can shake a stick at.Rate it:

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carrot and stickSimultaneous rewards for good behavior and punishments for bad behavior.Rate it:

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clue stickA metaphorical stick used to beat information or understanding into a slow learner.Rate it:

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get on the stickTo get started; to begin working; to become active.Rate it:

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in a cleft stickUsed other than as an idiom: see in, cleft, stick.Rate it:

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in a cleft stickIn a difficult situation, unable to choose between unfavourable options; in a dilemma.Rate it:

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it is easy to find a stick to beat a dog(rare or obsolete, proverb) If a person is determined to punish someone, they will find a way to do so.1596 Rate it:

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meat sticka man's penisRate it:

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moon on a stickEverything; all that one could desire (especially as an unreasonable demand).Rate it:

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old stickA man, chap, fellow, guy.Rate it:

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sex on a stickA person or persons considered to be very sexually attractive.Rate it:

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short end of the stickA situation, opportunity, or outcome which is less favorable than situations, opportunities, or outcomes experienced by or available to others.Rate it:

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speak softly and carry a big stickDo not boast or utter verbal threats, but do make others aware that you are prepared to use physical force if necessary.Rate it:

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stick a fork in somethingUsed to indicate that something or someone is finished, or, in a broader sense, defeated or ruined.Rate it:

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stick byto follow or adhere to somebody or something, to remain loyal and unswerving in one's attitude towards somebody or somethingRate it:

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stick in someone's crawTo cause lasting annoyance, irritation, or hard feelings.Rate it:

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stick in the mudA person unwilling to participate in activities, often because he or she believes the activity is not wholly kosher; a party pooper.Rate it:

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stick in the mudMore generally, one who is slow, old-fashioned, or unprogressive; an old fogey.Rate it:

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stick it outTo persist or continue.Rate it:

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stick it to the manTo take some action intended to defy a source of oppression such as globalization, commercialization, big business or government.Rate it:

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stick one's neck outTo take a risk, putting oneself in a vulnerable position.Rate it:

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stick one's neck outGamble or venture when odds for success are slim! Step-up, speak up, while still a novitiate, inexperienced and possessing no 'savvy' in a particular venture.Rate it:

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stick one's nose inTo be nosy; to meddle or interfere in the affairs of another.Rate it:

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stick one's oar inTo meddle; to stick one's nose into (something)Rate it:

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stick out like a sore thumbBe very noticeably different, especially in a negative way; to be particularly obtrusive, conspicuous, blatant, or prominent; to attract undue attention or notice.Rate it:

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stick toTo persist; to continue (to use, do, etc.)Rate it:

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stick toUsed other than as an idiom: see stick, to.Rate it:

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stick to one's knittingTo concentrate one's attention and actions on one's own tasks, responsibilities, or affairs.Rate it:

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stick togetherTo physically combine by adhesion.Rate it:

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stick togetherTo unite, to combineRate it:

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stick upTo protect one's status.Rate it:

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stick withTo continue or persist; to stick to.Rate it:

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stick withTo follow or adhere to.Rate it:

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stick withTo remain close by.Rate it:

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stick-in-the-mudAlternative spelling of stick in the mud.Rate it:

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talk softly and carry a big stickAlternative form of speak softly and carry a big stick.Rate it:

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throw dirt enough, and some will stickIf enough allegations are made about someone or something, then even if they are all untrue, people's opinion of the person or thing will be diminished.1759, John Wesley, letter to John Downes, Rector of St. Michael's, Wood Street, read at Wesley Center Online at [1] on 14 Oct 06.I hope...that you are ignorant of the whole affair, and are so bold only because you are blind...And blind enough; so that you blunder on through thick and thin, bespattering all that come in your way, according to the old, laudable maxim, 'Throw dirt enough, and some will stick.'1857, Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays, read at fullbooks.com on 14 Oct 06,But whatever harm a spiteful tongue could do them, he took care should be done. Only throw dirt enough, and some will stick.1864, John Henry Newman, Apologia Pro Vita Sua, Penguin Classics (1994), p. 10,Archbishop Whately used to say Rate it:

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throw enough mud at the wall and some of it will stickTry the same thing often enough, and, even if the general standard is poor, sometimes one will be successful.Rate it:

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to stick aroundOne whom sticks around is a person in waiting, quietly present and ready to serve.Rate it:

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walk softly and carry a big stickAlternative form of speak softly and carry a big stick.Rate it:

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