stick out (1)

Meaning: If something sticks out, it comes out beyond the edge or the end of something.

Synonym: poke out, protrude (formal)

For example:

  • stick out I knew he had a gun because it was sticking out of his pocket.

  • stick out If the front of your car hadn't been sticking out into traffic, the other car wouldn't have hit it.

Quick Quiz:

The planks of wood were sticking out of his car window because they were

a. too long to fit inside

b. too short to fit inside

c. too narrow to fit inside

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Contributor: Matt Errey