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STICKLE, verb intransitive [from the practice of prize-fighters, who placed seconds with staves or sticks to interpose occasionally.]

1. To take part with one side or other.

Fortune, as she wont, turnd fickle, and for the foe began to stickle

2. To contend; to contest; to altercate. Let the parties stickle each for his favority doctrine.

3. To trim; to play fast and loose; to pass from one side to the other.

STICKLE, verb transitive To arbitrate. [Not in use.]