stick in the mud

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  • IPA(key): /ˈstɪk.ɪn.ðəˌmʌd/
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stick in the mud (plural sticks in the mud or stick in the muds)

  1. (idiomatic, derogatory) A person unwilling to participate in activities; a curmudgeon or party pooper.
    Have a little fun sometimes and don't be such a stick-in-the-mud.
    • 2005 November 9, Dan Shive, El Goonish Shive (webcomic), Comic for Wednesday, Nov 9, 2005:
      "I don't hold back like you do. Even Tedd's dad can tell you're a stick-in-the-mud. That's why he made you the supervisor of this party."
  2. (idiomatic, derogatory) More generally, one who is slow, old-fashioned, or unprogressive; an old fogey.

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