verb (used with object)
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Example sentences from the Web for barb
Rather than trying to craft your own Bisset barbs, you can just impress your friends with these Twitter zingers.Hollywood's Morning After: Emma Watson’s Pants and More|Amy Zimmerman|January 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Male water striders are clearly adapted for marathon sex: they have hooks and barbs to keep them attached to females.‘Zoobiquity’: What Animals Can Teach Us About Our Health|Carl Zimmer|June 17, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Cain kept insisting the barbs were “apples and oranges,” turning his answers into fruit salad.
Tyson gave his roast in the form of iconic poetry, drawing on The Iliad, Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson to deliver his barbs.
Even on the events (all too rare) when Jackson or Lopez (never Tyler) venture into criticism, the barbs barely break the flesh.
Barbate: furnished with barbs; hair with spines or spurs directed backward.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology|John. B. Smith
Taking the thread in his hand, he draws it loosely along the needles, behind the barbs, and under the throats of the sinkers.A Dictionary of Arts, Manufactures and Mines|Andrew Ure
With hooks, barbs, and glands they cling to the covering of animals.Seed Dispersal|William J. Beal
Caught in the barbs of the wire, wedged in, the bodies hung suspended.The Octopus|Frank Norris
He had made harpoon heads with two or three barbs, and now he was trying to make a harpoon with four or five barbs on each side.The Later Cave-Men|Katharine Elizabeth Dopp