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sting

verb  us   /stɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle stung  /stʌŋ/ )

sting verb (HURT)

[I/T] (esp. of insects, plants, and animals) to produce a small but painful injury by making a very small hole in the skin: [I] Why do bees sting? [I/T] If something stings, it causes you to feel pain: [T] Cold air stung Jack’s lungs. [I] The soap made his eyes sting. [I/T] If someone’s remarks sting you, they make you feel upset and annoyed: [T] Managers were stung by criticism from environmentalists.

sting

noun [C]  us   /stɪŋ/

sting noun [C] (POLICE ACTIVITY)

an operation in which police officers or others pretend to be criminals so they can catch people committing crimes: Officers set up a sting in which they sold him the jewels, and when he drove off with them they arrested him.

sting noun [C] (INJURY)

a small but painful injury caused when an insect or animal makes a small hole in the skin: Bee stings covered his hands.
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