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

v poke or thrust abruptly

Synonyms:
dig, jab, poke, prod
Type of:
thrust
push forcefully

v stab or pierce

Synonyms:
jab
Types:
goad, prick
stab or urge on as if with a pointed stick
Type of:
thrust
push forcefully

v use a knife on

Synonyms:
knife
Types:
poniard
stab with a poniard
bayonet
stab or kill someone with a bayonet
Type of:
injure, wound
cause injuries or bodily harm to

n a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument

“one strong stab to the heart killed him”
Synonyms:
knife thrust, thrust
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
a powerful stroke with the fist or a weapon

n a sudden sharp feeling

“she felt a stab of excitement”
Synonyms:
pang, twinge
Types:
guilt pang
pangs of feeling guilty
Type of:
feeling
the experiencing of affective and emotional states

n informal words for any attempt or effort

“he took a stab at forecasting”
Synonyms:
shot
Type of:
attempt, effort, endeavor, endeavour, try
earnest and conscientious activity intended to do or accomplish something

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