Definition of stick by in English:

stick by

phrasal verb

  • 1Continue to support or be loyal to (someone), typically during difficult times.

    ‘I love him and whatever happens I'll stick by him’
    • ‘I am thrilled that our supporters are sticking by us as they seem to realise the predicament we are all facing.’
    • ‘Twelve years she had stuck by me, supporting me when I was at my worst.’
    • ‘There's a whole platoon of people sticking by you and giving support.’
    • ‘His best feature, though, was that he was extremely loyal and would stick by his friends no matter what.’
    • ‘There's no denying that I wouldn't be doing it now if dad hadn't stuck by me and been so supportive.’
    • ‘The directors stuck by the pair at this difficult time.’
    • ‘I sometimes wonder myself why I stick by you, defending you from all of the criticism.’
    • ‘He stuck by me and if he needs me, for whatever job, I am ready to give my all.’
    • ‘If I thought Sally was guilty, do you think I'd have stuck by her like I have?’
    • ‘He was a couple of years older than me, but we really stuck by each other.’
    support, stand by, be loyal to, remain faithful to, be supportive of, be on someone's side, side with, back, defend
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  • 2Adhere to (a commitment, belief, or rule)

    ‘I will stick by my promise to help them raise funds’