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stab



stab [stab stabs stabbed stabbing] verb, noun BrE [stæb] NAmE [stæb]
verb (-bb-)
1. transitive ~ sb to push a sharp, pointed object, especially a knife, into sb, killing or injuring them
He was stabbed to death in a racist attack.
She stabbed him in the arm with a screwdriver.
2. transitive, intransitive to make a short, aggressive or violent movement with a finger or pointed object
Syn: jab, Syn:prod
~ sth (at/into/through sth) He stabbed his finger angrily at my chest.
She stabbed her cigarette into the ashtray.
~ sb/sth (with sth) She stabbed the air with her fork.
~ at/into/through sth (figurative)The pain stabbed at his chest.
Verb forms:

Word Origin:
late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Example Bank:
He is accused of repeatedly stabbing a 16-year-old boy.
He was fatally stabbed.
He was found stabbed in his car.
He was stabbed in the chest.
I stabbed at my meat with my fork.
Tina accidentally stabbed herself with her pencil.
Idioms:stab in the back stab somebody in the back
 
noun
1. an act of ↑stabbing or trying to ↑stab sb/sth; a wound caused by ↑stabbing
He received several stabs in the chest.
She died of a single stab wound to the heart.
2. a sudden sharp pain or unpleasant feeling
She felt a sudden stab of pain in the chest.
a stab of guilt/fear/pity/jealousy, etc.
3. usually singular (informal)an attempt to do sth
~ (at sth) He found the test difficult but nevertheless made a good stab at it.
~ (at doing sth) Countless people have had a stab at solving the riddle.
I've always enjoyed acting, but I'd like to have a stab at directing one day.
more at a shot/stab in the dark at dark n.

Word Origin:
late Middle English: of unknown origin.

Example Bank:
He felt a sharp stab of disappointment.
He took his first stab at directing.
I had a stab at answering the question.
It was only a stab in the dark, but I hoped I could learn something.
She made a half-hearted stab at medical school, and quickly withdrew.
The boy made a stab at the pig.
a stab of pain
a stab to the chest
I've always enjoyed acting, but I'd like to have a stab at directing one day.

 

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