shtick

[shtik]
noun Slang.
1.
(especially in comic acting) a routine or piece of business inserted to gain a laugh or draw attention to oneself.
2.
one's special interest, talent, etc.
Also, shtik.


Origin:
1955–60; < Yiddish shtik pranks, whims, literally, piece < Middle High German stücke, Old High German stucki (German Stück); cf. stucco

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shtick or schtick (ʃtɪk)
 
n
slang a comedian's routine; act; piece
 
[C20: from Yiddish shtik piece, from Middle High German stücke]
 
schtick or schtick
 
n
 
[C20: from Yiddish shtik piece, from Middle High German stücke]

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shtick
1959, from Yiddish shtik "an act, gimmick," lit. "a piece, slice," from M.H.G. stücke "piece, play," from O.H.G. stucki (see stock (n.1)).
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Example sentences
Many took his often cringe-inducing behaviour as a kind of loopy shtick.
Much neater and logical framework than the usual money in politics shtick.
Her shtick demonstrates that she's a keen observer of all that sucks around us.
Or you can have a fresh shtick, something that kicks convention to the curb.
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