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noun [countable] stab pronunciation in British English /stæb/
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  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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    1. a.
      a sudden feeling of a negative emotion
      stab of: a stab of jealousy/fear/disappointment
  2. 2
    an act of stabbing
    a stab wound
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  3. 3
    informal an attempt to do something, especially when you have no experience of doing it
    There have been stabs at regulating Web content.
    have/make/take a stab at something: They decided to have a stab at fixing the car themselves.

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