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noun [countable] stab pronunciation in American English /stæb/
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singularstab
pluralstabs
  1. 1
    mainly literary a sudden feeling of pain
    stab of:

    He felt a stab of pain from his wounded leg.

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  2. 2
    informal an attempt to do something, especially when you have no experience of doing it

    There have been stabs at regulating Web content.

    make/take a stab at something:

    They decided to take a stab at fixing the car themselves.

  3. 3
    an act of stabbing

    a stab wound

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