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barb

noun [C]  /bɑrb/ us  

barb noun [C] (SHARP END)

the sharp part of a fish hook or arrow that makes it difficult to remove from something caught on it

barb noun [C] (CRUEL REMARK)

an intelligent but critical remark that is intended to hurt: Some of Weaver’s sharpest barbs were aimed at his boss.
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