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To wound or pierce with a sting
“She would use the nettle to discreetly sting herself when arthritis stiffened her fingers.”
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To 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.”
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To cause (emotional) hurt or distress to
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“Her words were meant to sting and hurt, to make him feel equally as bad as he had made her now feel.”
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To provoke someone to do (something) by causing annoyance or offense
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“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.”
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To incite anger or indignation in
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“Their insults did not fail to sting his pride and rouse him to revenge.”
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To overcharge (someone) for something
“To make matters worse, hedge funds sting their customers with high fees.”
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To cheat, deceive or defraud someone for personal gain
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“His ingenuity was amazing, as he worked with a few native con men using an allegedly hot diamond broach to sting his victims.”
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To apply a surcharge
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To issue, establish or apply as a charge, fine or penalty
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To cause damage to
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Noun
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.”
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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.”
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A hurtful quality or effect
“I feel the sting of judgment whenever I admit that I enjoy Justin Bieber's music.”
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A harsh or stinging effect or quality
“The sting of those words had festered in Roderick's mind.”
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A carefully planned operation, typically one involving deception
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“They were arrested by agents after being caught in an undercover sting known as Operation Yum Cha.”
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A severe or uncomfortable degree of coldness
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Something that arouses activity or energy in someone or something
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A pointed portion of an insect or arachnid used for attack
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A remark intended to be witty, wounding, or provocative
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The quality or state of being sharp and able to cut easily or effectively
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Illegal entry of a building with intent to commit a crime, especially theft
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Time in military operation
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