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stab

verb uk   /stæb/ (-bb-) us  
B2 [T] to injure someone with a sharp pointed object such as a knife: She was stabbed several times in the chest. He was jailed for 15 years for stabbing his wife to death. [I or T] to make a short, forceful pushing movement with a finger or a long, thin object: As she spoke she stabbed the air with her finger. He stabbed at the meat with his fork.
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noun [C] uk   /stæb/ us  
the act of pushing a knife into someone, or an injury caused by stabbing: He was admitted to hospital with stab wounds. a sudden feeling, especially an unpleasant one such as pain: She felt a stab of envy when she saw all the expensive presents Zoe had been given for Christmas. an action or remark that attacks someone's reputation: Her criticism of the company's plans was a stab at the chairman himself.
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