And it may explain why he did a lot more than crack her ribs in response.
This is the aptly named “Untitled (ribs),” a photo from 2009 by a Hungarian-born New Yorker named Monika Sziladi.
So what if she broke two ribs a couple years ago; so did Jack Bauer —perhaps twice.
Old English ribb "rib," from Proto-Germanic *rebja- (cf. Old Norse rif, Old Saxon ribbi, Old Frisian ribb, Middle Dutch, Dutch ribbe, Old High German ribba, German Rippe), literally "a covering" (of the cavity of the chest), from PIE *rebh- "to roof, cover" (cf. Greek ereptein "to roof," Old Church Slavonic rebro "rib, reef"). As an item of food from early 15c. Rib joint "brothel" is slang from 1943, probably in reference to Adam's rib (cf. rib "woman, wife," attested from 1580s).
"tease, fool," 1930, apparently from rib (n.); perhaps as a figurative suggestion of poking someone in the ribs. Related: Ribbed; ribbing.
One of a series of long curved bones occurring in 12 pairs in humans and extending from the spine to or toward the sternum.
Food; a meal
[1950s+ Bop & cool talk; extension of barbecued spareribs, semantically similar to the extension of grits]