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barb

noun [C] uk   /bɑːb/ us    /bɑːrb/

barb noun [C] (POINT)

the sharp part that points backwards from a fish hook (= curved piece of wire) or arrow, making it hard to remove it from somethingFishingCommercial fishingPins, clips, hooks and pegs

barb noun [C] (REMARK)

a remark that is clever but cruel and unkind: I tried to ignore their barbs about my new jacket.Remarks and remarkingExpressing and asking opinions
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