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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 experience, or cause to experience, a slight prickling or stinging sensation
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Cause a tingling sensation in
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To issue, establish or apply as a charge, fine or penalty
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(of a state or process) To encourage the development of, or increased activity in, something
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To cause damage to
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Plural for 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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Plural for 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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Plural for 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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Plural for a harsh or stinging effect or quality
“The sting of those words had festered in Roderick's mind.”
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Plural for 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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Plural for a severe or uncomfortable degree of coldness
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Plural for something that arouses activity or energy in someone or something
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Plural for a pointed portion of an insect or arachnid used for attack
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Plural for a remark intended to be witty, wounding, or provocative
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Plural for burglary, robbery
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Plural for the act of piercing, or being pierced, with a sharp point
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Plural for time in military operation
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