stab

To stab is to thrust or jab something sharp, the way you stab your sandwich with a toothpick or the way Brutus (and others) stab Julius Caesar in Shakespeare's play.

You can stab at the soil in your garden with a trowel or stab the steak on your plate with a fork. You might then experience a stab (or sharp feeling) of regret, wondering if you should become a vegetarian. When you "take a stab at something," you attempt it: "I decided to take a stab at opera singing." Stab comes from the Scottish stob, "to pierce."

Definitions of stab
  1. verb
    poke or thrust abruptly
    synonyms: dig, jab, poke, prod
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    type of:
    thrust
    push forcefully
  2. verb
    stab or pierce
    synonyms: jab
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    types:
    goad, prick
    stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
    type of:
    thrust
    push forcefully
  3. verb
    use a knife on
    synonyms: knife
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    types:
    poniard
    stab with a poniard
    bayonet
    stab or kill someone with a bayonet
    type of:
    injure, wound
    cause injuries or bodily harm to
  4. noun
    a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
    “one strong stab to the heart killed him”
    synonyms: knife thrust, thrust
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    types:
    lunge, passado, straight thrust
    (fencing) an attacking thrust made with one foot forward and the back leg straight and with the sword arm outstretched forward
    remise
    (fencing) a second thrust made on the same lunge (as when your opponent fails to riposte)
    type of:
    blow, buffet
    a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon
  5. noun
    a sudden sharp feeling
    “she felt a stab of excitement”
    synonyms: pang, twinge
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    types:
    guilt pang
    pangs of feeling guilty
    type of:
    feeling
    the experiencing of affective and emotional states
  6. noun
    informal words for any attempt or effort
    “he took a stab at forecasting”
    synonyms: shot
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    type of:
    attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
    earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something
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