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English definition of “sting”

sting

verb [I/T] (HURT)   /stɪŋ/ (past tense and past participle stung  /stʌŋ/)
(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? If something stings, it causes you to feel pain: [T] Cold air stung Jack’s lungs. [I] The soap made his eyes sting. If someone’s remarks sting you, they make you feel upset and annoyed: [T] Managers were stung by criticism from environmentalists.
(Definition of sting verb (HURT) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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