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Synonyms for shtick

(Yiddish) a contrived and often used bit of business that a performer uses to steal attention

(Yiddish) a prank or piece of clowning

(Yiddish) a devious trick

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Obama commenting on Putin's shtick took many by surprise.
In Yiddish/English, shtick literally means "bit," as in "Give me a shtik cake.
One suspects broad audiences will have some resistance to a Commedia dell'arte musical--period lazzi, after all, have limited charms these days, even when you have specialized Milanese actors doing the shtick.
It's also worth noting that KARK'S traditional stronghold at noon, boosted by its eternal "Dialing for Dollars" shtick, again was far ahead of the pack with an 8.
His movies, after all, are a steady diet of one-liners, gags, shtick and locker-room humor -- the kind of thing that has reverberated with these audiences since Shecky Green was playing the Tropicana.
The problem is that the story is so formulaic we should be able to sit back and not worry about it, instead focusing on Cedric doing his shtick.
A band that can craft something this sublime doesn't need to lean heavily on bells and whistles to connect--there's nothing here as shameless as their breakthrough cover of "Comfortably Numb"--and they wisely keep glitzy shtick to a minimum throughout the stellar Ta-Dah.
The ad agency staff racking its brains to find a new shtick that will make its product sell.
Sorrentino had a shtick, always had the same shtick, a simple and wonderful shtick that is almost impossible to reproduce.
Fifteen years after he took his shtick global, the hunt for cliche itself has become the main point of his journalism.
They're in, they do their shtick, and they're out," Miller said.
Rielly's shtick is the juxtaposition of childhood and adulthood or, more precisely, the intersection of a childlike playfulness and sweetness with the more complex emotional landscape that accompanies experience and maturity.
Strengths: Ability to play The Lackey, great command of Jessee shtick, including gratuitous use of the word "buns"
I thought country was rightwing, cornball shtick," Langford says during an interview between stops on a tour.
This hurts here when we learn that some of Fela's shtick was indeed visionary and prophetic, but some of it Dadaist nonsense.