I'll go for long periods without posting anything, then suddenly feel a rush of aphorisms and stick up 10 in a row.
How terrible for you to stick up for your rights when someone owes you money and refuses to pay you.
In a very blue state, Scott Walker is not afraid to stick up for what he believes in.
1846, "to rob someone at gunpoint," from stick (v.). Noun stickup in this sense is first recorded 1887. Stick up for "defend" is attested from 1837.
Old English sticca "rod, twig, spoon," from Proto-Germanic *stikkon- "pierce, prick" (cf. Old Norse stik, Old High German stehho, German Stecken "stick, staff"), from PIE *steig- "to stick; pointed" (see stick (v.)). Meaning "staff used in a game" is from 1670s (originally billiards); meaning "manual gearshift lever" first recorded 1914. Stick-ball is attested from 1824. Alliterative connection of sticks and stones is recorded from mid-15c.
Old English stician "to pierce, stab," also "to remain embedded, be fastened," from Proto-Germanic *stik- "pierce, prick, be sharp" (cf. Old Saxon stekan, Old Frisian steka, Dutch stecken, Old High German stehhan, German stechen "to stab, prick"), from PIE *steig- (cf. Latin in-stigare "to goad;" Greek stizein "to prick, puncture," stigma "mark made by a pointed instrument;" Old Persian tigra- "sharp, pointed;" Avestan tighri- "arrow;" Lithuanian stingu "to remain in place;" Russian stegati "to quilt").
Figurative sense of "to remain permanently in mind" is attested from c.1300. Transitive sense of "to fasten (something) in place" is attested from late 13c. Stick out "project" is recorded from 1560s. Slang stick around "remain" is from 1912; stick it as a rude bit of advice is first recorded 1922.
Drunk: He knew where the colonel lived from the time he'd taken him home stewed/ He came in stewed to the gills (entry form 1737+, variant 1922+)Related Terms
To attend strictly to one's own affairs; not interfere with others; be single-minded: I'm not a personal confidant. I stick to my knitting
[1970s+; perhaps fr the indefatigable knitting of Madame De Farge in Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities]