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Wound or pierce with a sting
“She would use the nettle to discreetly sting herself when arthritis stiffened her fingers.”
Feel or cause to feel a sharp tingling or burning pain or sensation
“Her open wounds seemed to sting with every move and even if the lightest fabric touched her bruises, she was forced to yelp in pain.”
To hurt, usually by introducing poison or a sharp point, or both
“Her words were meant to sting and hurt, to make him feel equally as bad as he had made her now feel.”
To rob by the use of trickery or threats
“… swindlers who sting unwary tourists by posing as officials demanding money.”
“Socrates' preferred analogy for his own role in the city was that of a gadfly, who lit upon his fellow citizens and sought to sting them into a healthy state of intellectual wakefulness.”
“… a nightclub that's been stinging patrons for years.”
A wound from a sting
“The sting is usually painful, and there can be serious symptoms, such as stomach pain, difficulty breathing, muscle paralysis and fits.”
A sharp tingling or burning pain or sensation
“He crushed the tracking device in his hand, ignoring the sting of sharp metal on his palm.”
A hurtful quality or effect
“I feel the sting of judgment whenever I raise the prospect of a third child.”
A carefully planned operation, typically one involving deception
“A sting set by the FBI.”
A bite by an insect
“The sting of those words had festered in Roderick's mind.”
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