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A composing stick is a hand instrument into which a compositor places the letters to be set up. Each row or line of letters is pushed home and held in place by a movable “setting rule,” against which the thumb presses. When a stick is full, the matter set up is transferred to a “galley” (q.v.), and from the galley it is transferred to the “chase” (q.v.). Called a stick because the compositor sticks the letters into it.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Stepfather and Father-in-law
Stephen
Stephen’s Bread (St.)
Stephens (Joanna)
Stepney Papers
Sterling Money
Stern
Sternhold (Thomas)
Sterry (in Hudibras)
Stewing in their own Gravy
Stick
Stickler
Stiff
Stigmata
Stigmatise
Stigmites, or St. Stephen’s Stones
Stiletto of the Storm (The)
Still
Still Sow
Still Waters Run Deep
Stilling (John Henry)

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Chase (A)