Definition of hockey stick in English:

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hockey stick


1A long, thin implement with a curved end, used to hit or direct the puck or ball in ice hockey or field hockey: boys learn to skate propped up by hockey sticks
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  • There is more to Bascombe than her accomplishments with a hockey stick.
  • Each team member put their signature on a hockey stick, which will be put on display in the Hall of Fame.
  • Another time, unhappy with one of his players, he chased him with a hockey stick.
1.1Used in reference to a sharp increase in a variable following a period of little or no change, graphically represented as an upward-curving line resembling the shape of a hockey stick: most of the growth was a hockey stick over the last five or six months [as modifier]: their hockey stick growth testifies to the market demand for their products



North American informal Used euphemistically for the word ‘hell’ in phrases: what the H-E-double-hockey-sticks are you waiting for?
1980s: representing a pronunciation of the spelling of hell, in which ‘double hockey sticks’ replaces the two ls, alluding to the resemblance of a hockey stick to a capital letter L

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Syllabification: hock·ey stick

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