- come to a sticky end
- to fail disastrously but deservedlyThe fate of a fly on flypaper. It may describe an untimely death of a dissolute or criminal person, the incarceration of a rogue, an unwanted pregnancy of a flighty girl, or any other unpleasant upshot which allows third parties the satisfaction of saying 'I told you so'.
How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. R. W. Holder. 2014.
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come to a sticky end — ► come to a sticky end informal be led by one s own actions to ruin or an unpleasant death. Main Entry: ↑sticky … English terms dictionary
come to a sticky end — come to/meet/a sticky end british informal phrase to die or suffer badly, especially when this is deserved Thesaurus: to die or to be killedsynonym Main entry: sticky … Useful english dictionary
come to a sticky end — British & Australian, humorous, British & Australian, humorous to die in an unpleasant way. Of course the villain comes to a sticky end in the last act of the play … New idioms dictionary
come to a sticky end — be led by one s own actions to ruin or an unpleasant death. → sticky … English new terms dictionary
sticky end — /stɪki ˈɛnd/ (say stikee end) noun 1. an unhappy final situation: that girl will come to a sticky end. 2. a wretched or violent death: he met a sticky end in Mexico … Australian English dictionary
(a) sticky end — a bad/sticky ˈend idiom (BrE) something unpleasant that happens to sb, for example punishment or a violent death, usually because of their own actions • He ll come to a sticky end one of these days if he carries on like that. Main entry: ↑ … Useful english dictionary
meet a sticky end — come to/meet/a sticky end british informal phrase to die or suffer badly, especially when this is deserved Thesaurus: to die or to be killedsynonym Main entry: sticky … Useful english dictionary
sticky — ► ADJECTIVE (stickier, stickiest) 1) tending or designed to stick; adhesive. 2) glutinous; viscous. 3) (of the weather) hot and humid; muggy. 4) informal difficult; awkward. 5) informal (of a website) attracting a long visit or repeat visits from … English terms dictionary
sticky — adjective 1 SWEETS/HONEY ETC made of or covered with a substance that sticks to surfaces: Jeremy s hands were sticky with jam. | tea and sticky buns 2 sticky label/tape etc BrE a label 1 (1) etc that has glue on one side so that it sticks to… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
end — 1 /end/ noun (C) 1 LAST PART the last part of something such as a period of time, activity, book, or film: He s leaving at the end of October. | I found the end of the movie very disappointing. | from beginning to end: Her story was a pack of… … Longman dictionary of contemporary English