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shtick

also schtick or shtik  (shtĭk)
n. Slang
1. A characteristic attribute, talent, or trait that is helpful in securing recognition or attention: waiters in tropical attire are part of the restaurant's shtick.
2. An entertainment routine or gimmick.

[Yiddish shtik, piece, routine, from Middle High German stücke, piece, from Old High German stukki, crust, fragment.]

shtick

(ʃtɪk) ,

schtick

or

shtik

n
(Theatre) slang a comedian's routine; act; piece
[C20: from Yiddish shtik piece, from Middle High German stücke]

shtick

or shtik

(ʃtɪk)

n. Slang.
1. a show-business routine or piece of business inserted to gain a laugh or draw attention to oneself.
2. one's special interest, talent, etc.
[1955–60; < Yiddish shtik pranks, whims, literally, piece < Middle High German stücke, Old High German stucki (German Stück); compare stucco]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.shtick - (Yiddish) a little; a piece; "give him a shtik cake"; "he's a shtik crazy"; "he played a shtik Beethoven"
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
schtickl, schtikl, shtickl, shtikl - a really little shtik; "have a shtikl cake"
2.shtick - (Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention; "play it straight with no shtik"
byplay, stage business, business - incidental activity performed by an actor for dramatic effect; "his business with the cane was hilarious"
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
3.shtick - (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning; "his shtik made us laugh"
buffoonery, clowning, harlequinade, japery, prank, frivolity - acting like a clown or buffoon
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
4.shtick - (Yiddish) a devious trick; a bit of cheating; "how did you ever fall for a shtik like that?"
fast one, trick - a cunning or deceitful action or device; "he played a trick on me"; "he pulled a fast one and got away with it"
Yiddish - a dialect of High German including some Hebrew and other words; spoken in Europe as a vernacular by many Jews; written in the Hebrew script
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Faith, you've larnt the half av your lesson, Sorr,' sez I, 'but av you shtick to the Rig'lations you'll niver get thim inship at all, at all.
Michael Friedman, the composer and lyricist and genius and mensch who died on Saturday, had a shtick.
20PM Long before Jim Carrey's rubber-faced shtick became tiresome, he shot to superstardom in this funny-as-hell comic book adaptation.
that the "Joey Essex is a bit thick" shtick is not well past its use-by date.
Ed Sheeran and Pharrell has collaborated for n R&B-style track that sounds a lot like Justin Timberlake in a marked departure from his usual folksy singer-songwriter shtick,
Etymologically speaking the word shtick has Yiddish origins but is also closely related to German word 'stuck', not be confused with 'stuck-up'.
Clarkson's shtick is to cause as much outrage as possible, which in turn promotes his career.
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Jack Benny's shtick was that he would forever remain 39 and stingy.
From the point of view of a 17th-century Italian improviser, there's only shtick and more shtick.