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rib

noun [C]  us   /rɪb/

rib noun [C] (BONE)

one of the bones that curve around from the spine (= the line of bones down the center of the back) on each side of the upper part of the body to form the chest A rib is also a piece of meat taken from this part of an animal: barbecued ribs Ribs are also the thin, curved pieces of metal or wood that shape and support the sides and bottom of a boat or the top of an umbrella (= a cover that protects from rain or sun).

rib

verb [T]  us   /rɪb/ (-bb-) infml

rib verb [T] (JOKE)

to laugh at or joke about someone in a friendly way; tease : The two leaders ribbed each other good-naturedly during the press conference.
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