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  • n. Alternative spelling of schtick.

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  • n. (Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention
  • n. (Yiddish) a little; a piece
  • n. (Yiddish) a devious trick; a bit of cheating
  • n. (Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning


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  • shtik: Yiddish a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention; "play it straight with no shtik"

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  • shtik: Yiddish a devious trick; a bit of cheating; "how did you ever fall for a shtik like that?"

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  • Michael Feinstein makes me uncomfortable because he does all the same shtik I do, only on a grander scale and much much more polished -- but I love Dame Edna.

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  • Being the shocking granny has become part of her shtik.

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  • There are dance routines, a musical number about commodity prices, a sketch involving light sabers, and plenty of other shtik: the board of directors are costumed as three blind mice, and actors with dinosaur heads eat debt fed to them by chief financial officer Andrew Fastow.

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  • At first, this sounds like shtik; politicians love to claim they're above the fray.

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  • But Obama's focus on reconciliation is clearly more than shtik.

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  • You've seen clips of President Obama speaking at those Washington Press dinners, doing shtik.

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  • He's a much debater than Clinton; doesn't have her mannerisms and looks "optimistic" as opposed to her "fighting" shtik.

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  • President Obama has pushed his bipartisan shtik about as far as it will go, and if Republican recalcitrance means the Democrats have to go it alone on health care, Obama should embrace the new reality and cry all the way to the signing ceremony.

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