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shtick

[shtik] /ʃtɪk/
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
1955-1960
1955-60; < Yiddish shtik pranks, whims, literally, piece < Middle High German stücke, Old High German stucki (German Stück); cf. stucco
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British Dictionary definitions for shtik

shtick

/ʃtɪk/
noun
1.
(slang) a comedian's routine; act; piece
Word Origin
C20: from Yiddish shtik piece, from Middle High German stücke
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Word Origin and History for shtik

shtick

n.

also schtick, 1959, from Yiddish shtik "an act, gimmick," literally "a piece, slice," from Middle High German stücke "piece, play," from Old High German stucki (see stock (n.1)).

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Slang definitions & phrases for shtik

shtick

noun
  1. A small theatrical role or part of a role; a piece of theatrical ''business''; bit: It turned out to be a nice little ''shtick'' (1961+ Show business)
  2. A characteristic trait of performance or behavior; a typical personal feature: To each his own schtick. Chapman performs his with gusto (1968+ Show business)
  3. A clever device; gadget, gimmick: The ''shtick'' is that the taped remarks of a number of political figures are tacked onto questions dreamed up by writers (1966+)
  4. One's special area of interest or activity; bag, scene: Post-post literary theory is not my shtick (1968+)

[fr Yiddish, literally, ''piece, bit'']


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