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sticking place

Also called sticking point. the place or point at which something stops and holds firm.
the place in the lower part of an animal's neck where the knife is thrust in slaughtering.
Origin of sticking place
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • But after a few minutes he screwed his "courage to the sticking-place," and went up to her.

    Moth and Rust Mary Cholmondeley
  • Evidently, he was endeavouring to screw his courage to the sticking-place.

    Mated from the Morgue John Augustus O'Shea
  • At the appointed hour next morning, the young man, screwing up his courage to the sticking-place, knocked at the door of Oaklands.

    Crestlands Mary Addams Bayne
  • Macbeth “screwed his courage up to the sticking-place” indeed, and then and there was the end of the life of Duncan.

    ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands; Hezekiah Butterworth
  • Screw your courage to the sticking-place, / And we'll not fail.

  • But as he again approached with courage screwed to the sticking-place, a spruce hansom dashed up before him.

    The Argosy Various
  • She taunted him as being a coward, and told him to “screw his courage up to the sticking-place, and he would not fail.”

    ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands; Hezekiah Butterworth
  • If he had ever wished to hang himself, he never could succeed in screwing his courage up to the sticking-place.

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