verb (used without object), squibbed, squib·bing.
- to be afraid.
- to flee; escape.
verb (used with object), squibbed, squib·bing.
Origin of squib
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Historical Examples of squib
Here is a pistol, it is not loaded, but there is powder in the pan, and you can squib it.The Buccaneer Chief
He arrived at his climax like a squib that attains its ideal.When Ghost Meets Ghost
William Frend De Morgan
But the squib is run to the end of the rope: room for the prodigy of valour.
Would Leonidas have fastened a squib to the robe of the Spartan mother?Damon and Delia
With eleven illustrations, designed by Squib, and engraved by Point.Life of Charles Dickens
verb squibs, squibbing or squibbed
Word Origin for squib
1520s, "short bit of sarcastic writing, witty scoff," of unknown origin. If the meaning "small firework that burns with a hissing noise" is the original one, the word might be imitative.