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[ krib-ing ]


  1. Veterinary Medicine. Also called crib-bit·ing [krib, -bahy-ting],. an injurious habit in which a horse bites its manger and as a result swallows air.
  2. Mining.
    1. a timber lining, closely spaced, as in a shaft or raise.
    2. pieces of timber for lining a shaft, raise, etc.
  3. Building Trades, Civil Engineering. a system of cribs, as for retaining earth or for a building or the like being moved or having its foundations rebuilt.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of cribbing1

First recorded in 1635–45; crib + -ing 1
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Example Sentences

You know a movie script is special when you catch yourself cribbing heavily from its dialogue in everyday conversation.

Gibbs' cribbing: "milk," "bread," "eggs," "hope," and "change."

The dam was completed, booms and cribbing placed, ledges blasted out well within the six months' period set for those operations.

When the Central Branch Railroad was built, the company took corn of settlers in payment for lands, cribbing it by the road.

It was shored up with tamarac poles and when the camp was abandoned Paul pulled up this cribbing.

"Cribbing," often excused by people who do not stop to think, is the small beginning of a big evil.

He slowly raised up his eyes, shame-facedly, like a schoolboy detected cribbing, when the master steals up behind.


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