sting1 [stıŋ] v past tense and past participle stung [stʌŋ]
[: Old English; Origin: stingan]
1.) [I and T]
if an insect or a plant stings you, it makes a very small hole in your skin and you feel a sharp pain because of a poisonous substance
He was stung by a bee.
2.) [I and T]
to make something hurt with a sudden sharp pain, or to hurt like this
Antiseptic stings a little.
Chopping onions makes my eyes sting.
3.) [I,T usually passive]
if you are stung by a remark, it makes you feel upset
She had been stung by criticism.
sting sb into (doing) sth
Her harsh words stung him into action.
sting for [sting sb for sth]
1.) to charge someone too much for something
The garage stung him for £300.
2.) to borrow money from someone
Can I sting you for a fiver?
HINT sense 1
A bee, wasp, scorpion, or plant can sting you. For a mosquito, ant, or snake, use bite.
sting 2
sting2 n
4 a sting in the tail
1.) ¦(WOUND)¦
a wound or mark made when an insect or plant stings you
a bee sting
2.) ¦(INSECT)¦ BrE
the sharp needle-shaped part of an insect's or animal's body, with which it stings you
American Equivalent: stinger
3.) ¦(PAIN)¦ [singular]
a sharp pain in your eyes or skin, caused by being hit, by smoke etc
She felt the sting of tears in her eyes.
4.) a sting in the tail
if a story, event, or announcement has a sting in its tail, there is an unpleasant part at the end of it
5.) [singular]
the upsetting or bad effect of a situation
the sting of rejection
take the sting out of sth
(=make something less unpleasant or painful)
She smiled to take the sting out of her words.
6.) ¦(CRIME)¦
a clever way of catching criminals in which the police secretly pretend to be criminals themselves

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.


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