Meaning of STING in English

STING

I. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

an insect sting (= a hole in your skin made by an insect )

This cream is good for treating insect stings.

savage/stinging/vicious/biting satire

a biting satire of the television industry

stinging nettle

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

cut/sting/pierce sb to the quick

Son, you really cut down to the quick .

That's probably why she sent him - she knew it would cut him to the quick .

The answer cut him to the quick .

stinging attack/report/letter etc

Mr Smith launched a stinging attack on John Major, ridiculing him as a man who has lost control of events.

The company which used to give £40,000 a year to Tory funds, launched a stinging attack on Government policies.

What upsets her much more than the two columns is a stinging letter to the editor published in the sports pages.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Cigarette smoke stings my eyes.

Henry was stung by a bee at the picnic.

His cheek stung where his mother had slapped him.

Lathan was stung by the senator's harsh criticism.

The paper cut on my finger really stings.

The smoke stung my eyes.

The smoke made our eyes sting .

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Gabby felt tears sting her eyes, suddenly realizing the full force of what was happening.

He concludes that the mist is a vapor which stings the skin of man.

If it had been anyone but a Ryan ... She felt tears of frustration stinging her eyes.

Returning to the jungle he finds he has to kill Lowery who has been stung by a Varga.

Though not as deadly as the sea wasp, this jellyfish can cause severe irritation if it stings a human.

II. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ NOUN

bee

For a human being a wasp or bee sting is always painful, but not necessarily serious.

Fire officials said bee stings and poison oak were the most serious problems.

That is only a fraction of the numbers killed by bee stings .

For most people, the reaction to a bee sting is swelling and pain.

operation

First, a media sting operation caught several senior government aides taking bribes from arms dealers.

Starting in the early 1990s, federal agents began setting up sting operations , including several in Maryland.

Most of the suppliers accused in the sting operations have pleaded guilty to fraud charges.

Plain and simple, LaPlante ran a sting operation on Flinn and entrapped her.

■ VERB

draw

And it also served to draw stings: it ensured the main issue got cloaked in unimportant wranglings.

In other cases, they met or even anticipated the claims, drawing their sting in advance.

A 12.5% dividend hike drew the sting from the results, and the shares fell just 5p to 233p.

Gassendi accepts them, but draws their sting .

Hall kept him moving and gradually drew the sting from his opponent's game.

Devoutness seems to have drawn the old satiric sting .

Voice over Coetzer must draw that sting to stand any chance of survival on Saturday.

feel

Walking from the taxi to his apartment, Ross had felt the sting and throb in his face for the first time.

Even ten years later, he felt the sting of the rebuke, the motive for which he still fails to understand.

We can smile, yet at the same time feel the sting of such a recognition of discrimination, intolerance and bigotry.

Only afterward, on the hike back to the parking lot, did I begin to feel the sting of Red Disaster.

Pivoting on the slow death fulcrum, he felt the hot sting of his own blood spilling from him.

She squeezed her eyes shut tightly, feeling the sting of tears behind her eyelids.

She felt a mild nettle sting .

take

Not to want what couldn't be had no doubt took the sting from things.

Leaders also encourage creativity when they take the sting out of failure.

Middlesbrough, however, had taken the sting out of Leicester and were playing with more confidence and control at this stage.

Or you can take away the sting of an unsettling situation by overlaying it with positive associations.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

I had never felt the sting of discrimination before.

I still felt the sting of her slap on my cheek.

The bee sting had left a red mark on my arm.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

And not much chance of Fishy learning enough of the local lingo to set up a sting like this.

Even ten years later, he felt the sting of the rebuke, the motive for which he still fails to understand.

Only afterward, on the hike back to the parking lot, did I begin to feel the sting of Red Disaster.

Passage of the bill would ease some of the sting that the White House has felt since its initiative failed.

Walking from the taxi to his apartment, Ross had felt the sting and throb in his face for the first time.

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