Meaning of "Diamond Sting"

a small sharp-pointed organ at the end of the abdomen of bees, wasps, ants, and scorpions, capable of inflicting a painful or dangerous wound by injecting poison.
a carefully planned operation, typically one involving deception.
wound or pierce with a sting.
feel or cause to feel a sharp tingling or burning pain or sensation.
swindle or exorbitantly overcharge (someone).


sting  (stĭng)
v. stung (stŭng), sting·ing, stings
1. To pierce or wound painfully with a sharp-pointed structure or organ, as that of certain insects.
2. To cause to feel a sharp, smarting pain: smoke stinging our eyes.
3. To cause to suffer keenly in the mind or feelings: Those harsh words stung me.
4. To spur on or stimulate by sharp irritation: "A meaningless retort; the kind someone is stung into making out of sheer exasperation" (Paul Scott).
5. Slang To cheat or overcharge.
1. To have, use, or wound with a sharp-pointed structure or organ: Do all bees sting?
2. To cause a sharp, smarting pain: The needle will sting a little.
1. The act of stinging.
2. The wound or pain caused by stinging.
3. A sharp, piercing organ or part, often ejecting a venomous secretion, as the modified ovipositor of a bee or wasp or the spine of certain fishes.
4. A hurtful quality or power: the sting of rejection.
5. A keen stimulus or incitement; a goad or spur: the sting of curiosity.
6. Slang A confidence game, especially one implemented by undercover agents to apprehend criminals.

[Middle English stingen, from Old English stingan; see stegh- in Indo-European roots.]

sting′ing·ly adv.


sting (stɪŋ)
vb, stings, stinging or stung
1. (Biology) (of certain animals and plants) to inflict a wound on (an organism) by the injection of poison
2. to feel or cause to feel a sharp mental or physical pain
3. (tr) to goad or incite (esp in the phrase sting into action)
4. (tr) informal to cheat, esp by overcharging
5. (Pathology) a skin wound caused by the poison injected by certain insects or plants
6. (Pathology) pain caused by or as if by the sting of a plant or animal
7. a mental pain or pang: a sting of conscience.
8. (Zoology) a sharp pointed organ, such as the ovipositor of a wasp, by which poison can be injected into the prey
9. the ability to sting: a sharp sting in his criticism.
10. something as painful or swift of action as a sting: the sting of death.
11. a sharp stimulus or incitement
12. (Botany) botany another name for stinging hair
13. slang a swindle or fraud
14. (Law) slang a trap set up by the police to entice a person to commit a crime and thereby produce evidence
15. sting in the tail an unexpected and unpleasant ending
[Old English stingan; related to Old Norse stinga to pierce, Gothic usstangan to pluck out, Greek stakhus ear of corn]
ˈstinging adj
ˈstingingly adv
ˈstingingness n


sting (stɪŋ) v. stung, sting•ing, n. v.t.
1. to prick or wound with a sharp-pointed, often venom-bearing organ.
2. to affect painfully or irritatingly as a result of contact, as certain plants do.
3. to cause to smart or to feel a sharp pain.
4. to cause mental or moral anguish.
5. to goad or drive, as by sharp irritation.
6. Slang. to cheat or take advantage of, esp. to overcharge; soak.
7. to use, have, or wound with a sting, as bees.
8. to cause a sharp, smarting pain.
9. to cause or feel acute mental pain or irritation: The memory of that insult still stings.
10. to feel a smarting pain, as from a blow or the sting of an insect.
11. an act or an instance of stinging.
12. a wound, pain, or smart caused by stinging.
13. any sharp physical or mental wound, hurt, or pain.
14. anything or an element in anything that wounds, pains, or irritates.
15. capacity to wound or pain: Satire has a sting.
16. a sharp stimulus or incitement.
17. any of various sharp-pointed, often venom-bearing organs of insects or other animals.
18. Slang.
b. an ostensibly illegal operation, as the buying of stolen goods, used by undercover investigators to collect evidence of wrongdoing.
[before 900; Old English stingan, c. Old Norse stinga to pierce]


sting – bite
1. 'sting'

Sting is usually a verb. Its past tense and -ed participle is stung.

If a creature such as a bee, wasp, or scorpion stings you, it pricks your skin and pushes poison into your body.

Bees do not normally sting without being provoked.
Felipe had been stung by a wasp.
2. 'bite'

Don't say that a mosquito or ant 'stings' you. You say that it bites you. The past tense and -ed participle of bite are bit and bitten.

A mosquito landed on my arm and bit me.
An ant had bitten her on the foot.

You also say that a snake bites you.

In Britain you are very unlikely to get bitten by a snake.


sting Past participle: stung Gerund: stinging
I sting
you sting
he/she/it stings
we sting
you sting
they sting
I stung
you stung
he/she/it stung
we stung
you stung
they stung
Present Continuous
I am stinging
you are stinging
he/she/it is stinging
we are stinging
you are stinging
they are stinging
Present Perfect
I have stung
you have stung
he/she/it has stung
we have stung
you have stung
they have stung
Past Continuous
I was stinging
you were stinging
he/she/it was stinging
we were stinging
you were stinging
they were stinging
Past Perfect
I had stung
you had stung
he/she/it had stung
we had stung
you had stung
they had stung
I will sting
you will sting
he/she/it will sting
we will sting
you will sting
they will sting
Future Perfect
I will have stung
you will have stung
he/she/it will have stung
we will have stung
you will have stung
they will have stung
Future Continuous
I will be stinging
you will be stinging
he/she/it will be stinging
we will be stinging
you will be stinging
they will be stinging
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been stinging
you have been stinging
he/she/it has been stinging
we have been stinging
you have been stinging
they have been stinging
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been stinging
you will have been stinging
he/she/it will have been stinging
we will have been stinging
you will have been stinging
they will have been stinging
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been stinging
you had been stinging
he/she/it had been stinging
we had been stinging
you had been stinging
they had been stinging
I would sting
you would sting
he/she/it would sting
we would sting
you would sting
they would sting
Past Conditional
I would have stung
you would have stung
he/she/it would have stung
we would have stung
you would have stung
they would have stung