Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The crop of a bird or insect.
  • n. The stomach of an animal.
  • idiom stick in (one's) craw To cause one to feel abiding discontent and resentment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The stomach of an animal.
  • n. The crop of a bird.
  • v. to caw, crow, for certain birds to make their cry

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The crop of a bird.
  • n. The stomach of an animal.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The crop or first stomach of a bird, technically called the ingluvies.
  • n. Figuratively, the stomach of any animal.
  • n. The ingluvies or enlarged extremity of the esophagus in certain insects. See cut under Blattidæ.
  • n. Scotch form of crow.
  • n. Scotch form of crow.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pouch in many birds and some lower animals that resembles a stomach for storage and preliminary maceration of food

Etymologies

Middle English crawe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Akin to Middle Low German krage ("neck, collar") (whence Danish krave and German Kragen ("collar")) (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Sticking most in my craw is having to miss the Long Beach Opera's "No Mozart" show, honoring the composer's anniversary year by featuring none of his music but three works by Nyman, Andriessen, and Part about Mozart and his legacy.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • But what really sticks in my craw is I'm here sitting in a stadium other taxpayers and I paid for.

    USATODAY.com - For many, devotion is one-way street

  • The Personal Democracy Forum provided plenty of food for thought to masticate, but one bit that’s stuck in my craw is the way the phrase “citizen journalism,” which should denote an important concept, seems to be turning into a marketing buzzword for mediocre writers.

    On “Citizen Journalism”

  • But the thing that stuck in my craw was the statement:

    What's going on in M�xico?

  • Beauty queen Bryant preached an Old Testament activism and what stuck in her craw was a 1977 Miami-Dade County amendment to the local human rights ordinance making it illegal to discriminate in housing, loans, and employment based upon sexual preference.

    Georgianne Nienaber: The Campaign: The Audacity of Hope Did Not Die in Maine

  • Testament activism and what stuck in her craw was a 1977 Miami-Dade

    The Campaign: The Audacity of Hope Did Not Die in Maine

  • The last thing that sticks in my craw is the voiceover of how the Centurions "were given their freedom" and let go on the Base Ship and the "2s,6s and 8s agreed to live" on new Earth ... yet there is no mention of the 1s, 4s and 5s.

    VARIANTS: DAYBREAK, PT II - REVIEW

  • "I think what stuck in her craw was the use of the Ann Landers name," Dickinson told me.

    What Amy Would Do

  • But the bits that stick in my craw are the following sections of the accompanying press release:

    Patently Outrageous

  • Found it interesting on many levels, but what really stuck in my craw was the juxtaposition with the Janet Jackson situation.

    Cooperative Blog » 2007 » June » 06

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  • No.

    October 2, 2008

  • You don't want to get anything stuck in this.

    October 2, 2008

  • While these things were going on in the buttery, kindred exploits were performing in the kitchen. The cook too was regaling three or four tradesmen of his acquaintance, who liked good wine as well as ourselves, nor disdained to stuff their craws with meat pasties and game: the very scullions were at free quarters, and filched whatever they pleased.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 7 ch. 14

    October 2, 2008