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[ stab ]
/ stæb /
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verb (used with object), stabbed, stab·bing.
verb (used without object), stabbed, stab·bing.
to thrust with or as if with a knife or other pointed weapon: to stab at an attacker.
to deliver a wound, as with a pointed weapon.
noun
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Idioms about stab

    a stab in the back, an act of treachery.
    stab (someone) in the back, to do harm to (someone), especially to a friend or to a person who is unsuspecting or in a defenseless position.

Origin of stab

First recorded in 1435–45 for the noun, and in 1525–35 for the verb; Middle English (Scots ) noun stab, stabbe, stappe, of uncertain origin; compare Scots stob “needle, large needle”; verb from the noun

OTHER WORDS FROM stab

re·stab, verb, re·stabbed, re·stab·bing.un·stabbed, adjective

Other definitions for stab (2 of 2)

stab.

abbreviation
stabilization.
stabilizer.
stable.
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British Dictionary definitions for stab

stab
/ (stæb) /

verb stabs, stabbing or stabbed
noun

Derived forms of stab

stabber, noun

Word Origin for stab

C14: from stabbe stab wound; probably related to Middle English stob stick
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