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English definition of “stab”

stab

noun [C]     /stæb/
the act of pushing a knife into someone, or an injury caused by stabbing: He was admitted to hospital with stab wounds.Physical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in generalCutting and stabbing 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.Pain and painfulFeelings - general words an action or remark that attacks someone's reputation: Her criticism of the company's plans was a stab at the chairman himself.Damaging reputationDisapproving and criticizing
(Definition of stab noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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