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Imagine a doughnut. Imagine a stick. Imagine using the stick to lift it by [pushing/putting] the stick through the hole in that doughnut. What is the correct verb for the act of putting the stick through? I want a verb to describe the activity of the stick going through.

I [___-ed] the stick through the donut's hole.

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    There are various possibilities, with various degrees of sexual suggestiveness.
    – Brian Donovan
    Sep 13, 2023 at 14:48
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    Some doughnuts have a hole in the middle, so in a context such as She skewered a donut hole on the nail of her index finger the intended sense is that she put her finger through the hole, so she could hold the doughnut out (we also use spear a donut in such contexts). But peas don't have holes, and just look how often She speared a pea [on a dining plate, using a fork] occurs. Sep 13, 2023 at 15:40
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    Personally, I'd be fine with threading doughnuts (the kind with holes) on a stick, but I'm not gonna bother searching Google Books for examples. Sep 13, 2023 at 15:44
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    To me, "threading" implies more than one donut, by analogy with beads. But skewer or spear are good in the singular case.
    – Stuart F
    Sep 13, 2023 at 16:02
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    'Poked' might not get you arrested ;) Sep 13, 2023 at 16:03

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Insert the stick through the doughnut/donut's hole

Slip the stick into …

From Oxford Languages via Google

insert

verb
/ɪnˈsəːt/
place, fit, or push (something) into something else.
"Claudia inserted her key in the lock"

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'...stick...', '...poke...', '...shove...', 'kkinsert...'.....

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