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"barb" in British English

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barbnoun [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 something
  • barb noun [C] (REMARK)

a remark that is funny but unkind: I tried to ignore their barbs about my new jacket.
(Definition of barb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"barb" in American English

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barbnoun [C]

us   /bɑrb/
  • 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.
(Definition of barb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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