restabbing

stab

[stab]
verb (used with object), stabbed, stabbing.
1.
to pierce or wound with or as if with a pointed weapon: She stabbed a piece of chicken with her fork.
2.
to thrust, plunge, or jab (a knife, pointed weapon, or the like) into something: He stabbed the knife into the man's chest.
3.
to penetrate sharply or painfully: Their misery stabbed his conscience.
4.
to make a piercing, thrusting, or pointing motion at or in: He stabbed me in the chest with his finger. The speaker stabbed the air in anger.
verb (used without object), stabbed, stabbing.
5.
to thrust with or as if with a knife or other pointed weapon: to stab at an attacker.
6.
to deliver a wound, as with a pointed weapon.
noun
7.
the act of stabbing.
8.
a thrust or blow with, or as if with, a pointed weapon.
9.
an attempt; try: Make a stab at an answer before giving up.
10.
a wound made by stabbing.
11.
a sudden, brief, and usually painful, sensation: He felt a stab of pain in his foot. A stab of pity ran through her.
Idioms
12.
a stab in the back, an act of treachery.
13.
stab (someone) in the back, to do harm to (someone), especially to a friend or to a person who is unsuspecting or in a defenseless position.

Origin:
1325–75; (v.) Middle English (Scots) stabben < ?; (noun) late Middle English, akin to or derivative of the v.; compare Scots stob stub1

restab, verb, restabbed, restabbing.
unstabbed, adjective


1. spear, penetrate, pin, transfix.
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stab (stæb)
 
vb (when intr, often foll by at) , stabs, stabbing, stabbed
1.  (tr) to pierce or injure with a sharp pointed instrument
2.  (tr) (of a sharp pointed instrument) to pierce or wound: the knife stabbed her hand
3.  to make a thrust (at); jab: he stabbed at the doorway
4.  (tr) to inflict with a sharp pain
5.  stab in the back
 a.  (verb) to do damage to the reputation of (a person, esp a friend) in a surreptitious way
 b.  (noun) a treacherous action or remark that causes the downfall of or injury to a person
 
n
6.  the act or an instance of stabbing
7.  an injury or rift made by stabbing
8.  a sudden sensation, esp an unpleasant one: a stab of pity
9.  informal an attempt (esp in the phrase make a stab at)
 
[C14: from stabbe stab wound; probably related to Middle English stob stick]
 
'stabber
 
n

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stab
late 14c., first attested in Scottish Eng., apparently a dial. variant of Scottish stob "to pierce, stab," of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of stub (n.) "stake, nail." The noun meaning "wound produced by stabbing" is first attested mid-15c. Fig. use, of emotions, etc., is from 1590s. Meaning "a
try" first recorded 1895, Amer.Eng. Stab in the back "treacherous deed" is first attested 1916.
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