Synonyms of 'sting'
(of certain animals and plants) to inflict a wound on (someone) by the injection of poisonThe nettles stung their legs.
to cause (someone) to feel a sharp physical painHis cheeks were stinging from the icy wind.
to provoke (a response) by angeringSome of the criticism has really stung him.
The decision to allow more construction angered the residents.
I didn't want to do anything to provoke him.
It infuriated her to have to deal with this man.
This proposal will incense conservation campaigners.
It was their smugness that galled her most.
They hold the rebels responsible for inflaming the villagers.
I instantly regretted my remark, because it obviously nettled him.
Cancellations rarely riled him.
She was piqued by his lack of enthusiasm.
to cheat (someone) by overcharging(informal)
I'll tell you how they did me.
He cheated an old woman out of her life savings.
stiff (slang), ,
She claims he fleeced her out of thousands of pounds.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud the government.
If you feel a taxi driver has overcharged you, say so.
He swindled investors out of millions of pounds.
take for a ride (informal)
a skin wound caused by stingingRemove the bee sting with tweezers.
pain caused by or as if by a stingThis won't hurt – you will just feel a little sting.
pain, , , ,
I felt a sharp pain in my lower back.
a deceptive tricka sting set by the FBI
4 (noun) The sting of those words had festered in Roderick's mind.
related phobia cnidophobia
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in the sense of acrimony
bitterness and resentment felt about something
The council's first meeting ended in acrimony.
in the sense of bite
to smart or cause to smart
We were all badly bitten by mosquitoes.
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Thesaurus for sting from the Collins English Thesaurus