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    where did this phrase come into our vernacular ? THIS IS A STICK UP
    OR WHY DIDN'T YOU STICK UP FOR ME?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aashmm View Post
    where did this phrase come into our vernacular ? THIS IS A STICK UP
    OR WHY DIDN'T YOU STICK UP FOR ME?
    Just a guess:

    There is a use of "stick" with plants that means to support the stem with a "stick". This may have led to "stickup" in a robbery in the sense of raising one's arms in the air. This may also be the sense of something sticking out.
    By association, when one supoorts a plant with a stick, it stands tall. It is possible that this "stick up" for someone came to mean the same as "stand up" for someone.

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