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stab

noun [C]
 
 
/stæb/
the act of pushing a knife into someone: He had a deep stab wound in his neck.Physical and sexual assault and abductionSexual activity in generalInjuring and injuriesCutting and stabbing
a stab of guilt/jealousy/regret, etc a sudden, unpleasant emotion: She felt a stab of guilt.Feelings - general words
have a stab at sth/doing sth informal to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before: She had a stab at solving the problem.Trying and making an effortEffort and expending energy
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