Meaning of STING in English
1》 a small sharp-pointed organ of an insect, plant, etc. capable of inflicting a painful wound by injecting poison.
2》 a wound from such an organ.
3》 a sharp tingling sensation or hurtful effect.
4》 informal a carefully planned undercover operation.
■ verb ( past and past participle stung )
1》 wound with a ~.
2》 produce a ~ing sensation.
↘( ~ someone into ) goad someone into.
3》 informal swindle or exorbitantly overcharge.
~ in the tail an unexpected and unpleasant end to something.
OE ~ (n.), ~an (v.), of Gmc origin.
Concise Oxford English vocab. Сжатый оксфордский словарь английского языка. 2004