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  4  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stickle  \Stic"kle\,  n.  [Cf.  {stick},  v.  t.  &  i.] 
  A  shallow  rapid  in  a  river;  also  the  current  below  a 
  waterfall.  [Obs.  or  Prov.  Eng.] 
  Patient  anglers,  standing  all  the  day  Near  to  some 
  shallow  stickle  or  deep  bay.  --W.  Browne. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stickle  \Stic"kle\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Stickled};  p.  pr  &  vb 
  n.  {Stickling}.]  [Probably  fr  OE  stightlen  sti?tlen,  to 
  dispose,  arrange,  govern,  freq.  of  stihten  AS  stihtan:  cf 
  G.  stiften  to  found  to  establish.] 
  1.  To  separate  combatants  by  intervening.  [Obs.] 
  When  he  [the  angel]  sees  half  of  the  Christians 
  killed,  and  the  rest  in  a  fair  way  of  being  routed, 
  he  stickles  betwixt  the  remainder  of  God's  host  and 
  the  race  of  fiends.  --Dryden. 
  2.  To  contend,  contest,  or  altercate,  esp.  in  a  pertinacious 
  manner  on  insufficient  grounds. 
  Fortune,  as  she  's  wont,  turned  fickle,  And  for  the 
  foe  began  to  stickle.  --Hudibras. 
  While  for  paltry  punk  they  roar  and  stickle. 
  The  obstinacy  with  which  he  stickles  for  the  wrong 
  3.  To  play  fast  and  loose;  to  pass  from  one  side  to  the 
  other  to  trim. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Stickle  \Stic"kle\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  separate,  as  combatants;  hence  to  quiet,  to  appease, 
  as  disputants.  [Obs.] 
  Which  [question]  violently  they  pursue,  Nor  stickled 
  would  they  be  --Drayton. 
  2.  To  intervene  in  to  stop,  or  put  an  end  to  by 
  intervening;  hence  to  arbitrate.  [Obs.] 
  They  ran  to  him  and  pulling  him  back  by  force, 
  stickled  that  unnatural  fray.  --Sir  P. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  v  :  dispute  or  argue  stubbornly,  esp.  minor  points 

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