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jabverb [I/T]

 us   /dʒæb/ (-bb-)
to ​push at something hard and ​quickly with a ​finger or a ​thin, ​pointedobject: [T] I jabbed my ​finger on the ​needle. [I] He jabbed at his ​food with his ​fork. To jab is also to ​hit someone hard and ​quickly with a ​tightlyclosedhand.
jab
noun [C]  us   /dʒæb/
He gave his ​opponent a ​quick jab in the ​ribs.
(Definition of jab from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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jabverb

uk   us   /dʒæb/ (-bb-)
[I or T, usually + adv/prep] to ​push or ​hit something ​forcefully and ​quickly, often with a ​thin or ​sharpobject: The ​doctor jabbed the ​needle into the dog's ​leg. Watch out! You ​nearly jabbed me in the ​eye withyourumbrella! He was jabbing a ​finger at (= towards) them and ​shoutingangrily. [I] to make ​quickforcefulhits with ​your fist (= ​closedhand) when boxing [T] to ​kick a ​ball hard and ​quickly: He jabbed the ​ball into the ​net in the ​finalminute of the ​game.

jabnoun [C]

uk   us   /dʒæb/
a ​quick hard ​push or ​hit: She gave me a ​sharp jab in the ​ribs with her ​elbow to ​stop me from saying any more. The ​boxer was ​floored by a ​punishingleft jab. UK informal an injection : a ​flu jab You'll need some jabs if you're going to Egypt.
(Definition of jab from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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