Definition of shtick in English:


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Pronunciation: /ʃtɪk
(also schtick)


  • 1A gimmick, comic routine, style of performance, etc. associated with a particular person: there are many great comics who have based their stand-up shtick on observational comedy her shtick was to haul out her pet ferret
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    • Sure do - but not when they're dancing, and that's why the whole shtick works.
    • It would be easy to say Clark simply needed the time to develop his campaign shtick.
    • What saves the whole shtick from utter banality is Wang's great location work and his ability to get performances out of even a block of wood.
  • 1.1A person’s special talent, interest, or area of activity: movies about ordinary women who do extraordinary things—that’s my shtick
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    • My shtick is to promote the idea that humans, not computers, read programs.
    • Oh, but Andrew, acting touchy is my shtick!
    • The next morning, fourteen hours later, they're still sitting there, completely destroying the whole minimalist design shtick.


1960s: Yiddish, from German Stück 'piece'.

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