/shtik/, n. Slang.
1. (esp. in comic acting) a routine or piece of business inserted to gain a laugh or draw attention to oneself.
2. one's special interest, talent, etc.
Also, shtik.
[1955-60; < Yiddish shtik pranks, whims, lit., piece < MHG stücke, OHG stucki (G Stück); cf. STUCCO]

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