1A long, thin implement with a curved end, used to hit or direct the ball or puck in hockey or ice hockey: the princess admitted it had been a while since she picked up a hockey stick
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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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