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shtickalso schtick or shtik (shtĭk)
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.]
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(Theatre) slang a comedian's routine; act; piece
[C20: from Yiddish shtik piece, from Middle High German stücke]
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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]
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|Noun||1.||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
|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"
|3.||shtick - (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning; "his shtik made us laugh"|
|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"
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