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make stick

Make effective or permanent, as in They tried to appeal but our lawyers made the verdict stick. This idiom uses stick in the sense of “adhere.” [ First half of 1900s ]
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  • That's the only threat they could make stick with a man like Tyler.

    Smugglers' Reef John Blaine

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