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British pronunciation/stˈɪŋ/
American pronunciation/ˈstɪŋ/
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a painful infliction caused by a small sharp and pointed organ that some insects have and use to penetrate the prey and inject poison

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sting definition and meaning

What is a "sting"?

A sting refers to the sharp, sudden pain and discomfort caused by the injection of venom or irritants into the skin by insects such as bees, wasps, or ants. It usually results in redness, swelling, and sometimes itching around the affected area. In some cases, stings can cause allergic reactions, leading to more severe symptoms like difficulty breathing or swelling of the face and throat, which require immediate medical attention. Treatment for a sting typically involves washing the area with soap and water, applying a cold compress to reduce swelling, and using over-the-counter antihistamines or creams to ease the itching and discomfort.

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a swindle in which you cheat at gambling or persuade a person to buy worthless property

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operation designed to catch a person committing a criminal act

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a kind of pain; something as sudden and painful as being stung

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a mental pain or distress

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(of an animal or insect) to pierce the skin of another animal or a human, typically injecting poison, either in self-defense or while preying

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to sting definition and meaning
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saddle with something disagreeable or disadvantageous

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cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging

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cause a sharp or stinging pain or discomfort

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cause a stinging pain

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Adding a bit of humor to a difficult conversation can take the sting out of the message.
Applying a cold compress can take the sting out of a sunburn.
Mosquitoes use their proboscis to sting and feed on the blood of their hosts.
Common triggers for anaphylactic shock include certain foods, insect stings, and medications.
I felt a sting as the scrape on my elbow came into contact with water.
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