When Robert Haile pulled his own weapon, Brooks continued his stick-up.
The latter had now donned the very highest of stick-up collars, and his ties were a source of the greatest anxiety to him.
stick-up, to keep any one waiting at an appointed place or time.
We have this place marked up as a bad burglary- and stick-up hazard; we keep an eye on it.
The hat was further decorated with a "stick-up" of stick candy on one side.
This afternoon, while the Jap was out in the grounds, three stick-up men jumped him.
I am sending out a posse of men from this end to try and get the stick-up man.
All these stick-up jobs recently have been planned by the Eye.
We can "stick-up" the gold escort in the Black Forest, and we don't want to do nothin' more all our lives.
In spite of his long trousers and stick-up collar, the spirit of the thing escaped him; his time had not come.
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+)
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]