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Stickle  v. i.  (past & past part. stickled; pres. part. stickling)  
To separate combatants by intervening. (Obs.) "When he (the angel) sees half of the Christians killed, and the rest in a fair way of being routed, he stickles betwixt the remainder of God's host and the race of fiends."
To contend, contest, or altercate, esp. in a pertinacious manner on insufficient grounds. "Fortune, as she 's wont, turned fickle, And for the foe began to stickle." "While for paltry punk they roar and stickle." "The obstinacy with which he stickles for the wrong."
To play fast and loose; to pass from one side to the other; to trim.

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"Stickle" Quotes from Famous Books

... observers watch it) Will never part with their delight Till well demanded by a hatchet— They live hard—and they die to match it. Thus Hunks prepared for Mike's attacking, Resolved not yet to pay the debt, But let him take it out in hacking; However, Mike began to stickle In words before he used the sickle; But mercy was not long attendant: From words at last he took to blows, And aimed a cut at Hunks's nose, That made it what some folks are not— ...
— The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood • Thomas Hood

... I doan't knaw my business? Theer 's my shadder 'pon the bank a mile behind you; an' I didn't ope my mouth till you'd fished the stickle to the ...
— Children of the Mist • Eden Phillpotts

... villains; we are amazed before their portraits. These men, who, in the frightful light of their own misdeeds, appear to us as complete demons or complete madmen, have yet much that is amiable and much that is sane; they stickle at no abominable lust, yet they are no bestial sybarites; they are brave, sober, frugal, enduring like any puritan; they are treacherous, rapacious, cruel, utterly indifferent to the sufferings of their enemies, yet ...
— Euphorion - Being Studies of the Antique and the Mediaeval in the - Renaissance - Vol. I • Vernon Lee

... measure with the necessaries of life. The chief part, therefore, of what they receive in money, whether as wages or as the price of the surplus produce of their provision grounds, they can lay aside for occasional calls, and, when they set their minds on an acquisition or an indulgence, they do not stickle at the cost. I am told that, in the shops at Kingston, expensive articles of dress are not unusually purchased by members of the families of black labourers. Whether the ladies are good judges of the merits of silks and cambrics I do not pretend to decide; ...
— Letters and Journals of James, Eighth Earl of Elgin • James, Eighth Earl of Elgin

... as you say, it must be docked. I know no remedy. And since my son is so positive, and determined to stickle for a good bargain, why we must do the ...
— Anna St. Ives • Thomas Holcroft

... that there would be an inconsistency in supposing they did. In this section he brings forward Berkeley's assertion, "that neither solid nor plane figures are immediate objects of sight." He then quotes a passage in which the bishop begs the reader not to stickle too much "about this or that phrase, or manner of expression, but candidly to collect his meaning from the whole sum and tenour of his discourse." And then Mr Bailey goes on to say, "endeavouring, in the spirit here recommended, ...
— Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXXII. - June, 1843.,Vol. LIII. • Various

... in a pretty pickle! The world is wondrous fickle; But lately it would stickle For Progress by Exam. And now, in Trade and Learning, Against me they seem turning, Deliberately discerning In me ...
— Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 100, May 30, 1891 • Various

... nothing, but I can think what I please, you know, Mr. Helstone, both about France and England; and about revolutions, and regicides, and restorations in general; and about the divine right of kings, which you often stickle for in your sermons, and the duty of non-resistance, and the ...
— Shirley • Charlotte Bronte

... are small, and rise only at the end of the village, yield nothing but the bull's head or miller's thumb (gobius fluviatilis capitatus), the trout (trutta fluviatilis), the eel (anguilla), the lampern (lampaetra parka et fluviatilis), and the stickle-back ...
— The Natural History of Selborne • Gilbert White

... believed it to be; the grand thing, Shorsha, is to be able to believe one's self; if ye can do that, it matters very little whether the world believes ye or no. But a purty thing for you and the world to stickle at the Pope's playing at cards at a religious house of Irish; och! if I were to tell you and the world what the Pope has been sometimes at at the religious house of English thaives, I would excuse you and the world for turning up your eyes. However, I wish to say ...
— The Romany Rye - A Sequel to 'Lavengro' • George Borrow

... in a frame of mind to stickle for nicety of expression. He motioned May to be silent; and, turning to Lecoq, exclaimed: "Show the prisoner that you have discovered the key to his ...
— Monsieur Lecoq • Emile Gaboriau

... of the habits of reptiles and fishes to enable us to speak of their marriage arrangements. The stickle-back (Gasterosteus), however, is said to be a polygamist (17. Noel Humphreys, 'River Gardens,' 1857.); and the male during the breeding-season differs ...
— The Descent of Man and Selection in Relation to Sex • Charles Darwin

Words linked to "Stickle" :   contend, debate, stickler, argue

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