1) A measure of quantity used for eels, twenty-five according to some writers, a term noted as early as 1086.

1394-6 Item pro iiii styk browet eyl iis iiiid ... ii styk rostyng eyls, Whitby.

places Whitby
dates 1394-1396

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2) This verb occurs three times in the accounts of Farnley colliery.

1692 for gate stickeinge and dressing

1695 for the end sticking

and for sticking the drif [sic] 4d. The meaning is unclear but the reference may be to placing sticks or props of wood in the galleries. It was said in 1933, by a member of the Yorkshire Dialect Society, to mean ‘to channel’ but more evidence is needed.

places Farnley
dates 1692 1933

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3) To stab with a knife, to kill by stabbing.

1669 Thomas Walker threatened to stick him, meaning to take away his life, Thornhill

1672 the black lamb ... broke its neck and he did stick it with a penknife, Purston Jaglin. It occurred much earlier in by-names: 1296 Walter Stikebuc, Ripon

1355 Et predict Radus ... dicit quod ... predict Steph plus est cognit per illud agnomen Stykebich [hind] quam per illud agnomen fil Thom, Aldborough. Evidently these names commemorated the killing of deer, possibly unwelcome nicknames.

dates 1296 1355 1669

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