make a stab at

Try to do something, as in I don't know the answer but I'll make a stab at it. This expression derives from stab in the sense of “a vigorous thrust.” [Late 1800s] Also see make a pass at, def. 2.


Nearby words

  1. make a point of,
  2. make a practice of,
  3. make a run for,
  4. make a scene,
  5. make a silk purse,
  6. make a stand,
  7. make a statement,
  8. make a stink,
  9. make a virtue of necessity,
  10. make advances

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