stickler

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From stickle +‎ -er.

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stickler ‎(plural sticklers)

  1. (now only Cornwall) A referee or adjudicator at a fight, wrestling match, duel, etc. who ensures fair play. [from 16th c.]
  2. Someone who insistently advocates for something. [from 17th c.]
    Lexicographers are sticklers for correct language.
    • Jonathan Swift
      The Tory or High-church were the greatest sticklers against the exorbitant proceedings of King James II.

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