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stickler

[stik-ler]
noun
1.
a person who insists on something unyieldingly (usually followed by for ): a stickler for ceremony.
2.
any puzzling or difficult problem.

Origin:
1530–40; stickle + -er1


1. fanatic, purist, perfectionist. 2. puzzle, riddle, mystery.
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stickler (ˈstɪklə)
 
n
1.  (usually foll by for) a person who makes insistent demands: a stickler for accuracy
2.  a problem or puzzle: the investigation proved to be a stickler

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stickler
1538, "moderator, umpire," from stickle "mediate" (1530), probably a frequentative of M.E. stihen "to arrange, place," from O.E. stihan "to arrange order," which is cognate with M.Du. stichten, Ger. stiften "to found, establish," probably from P.Gmc. *stihtan "to place on a step or base," from PIE base
*steigh- "to stride, step, rise" (see stair). Meaning "person who contends or insists stubbornly" is first recorded 1644.
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