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jab at someone or something
to poke or punch at someone or something. Tom jabbed at Fred. Don't jab at the cat!
jab someone in something
to poke someone in a particular location on the body. Fred jabbed Tom in the side. He jabbed himself in the hand.
jab someone with something
to poke or stick someone with something. He jabbed Henry with the rake handle on purpose. The mugger jabbed the victim with a knife.
jab something at someone or something
to poke someone or something with something. Tom jabbed the stick at the dog. I jabbed my fist at Walter.
jab something into somethingand jab something in
to stab something into something. Billy jabbed his spoon into the gelatin. He jabbed in his spoon. He jabbed it in.
jab something out
to thrust something out. Molly jabbed her fist out suddenly. She jabbed out her fist.
take a dig at someoneand take a jab at someone; take digs at someone
Fig. to insult or pester someone. Why did you take a jab at Sam? You're always taking digs at people who think they're your friends. Jane is always taking digs at Bob, but she never really means any harm.
take a jab at someoneand take a punch at someone
1. to hit at someone; to poke someone. Max took a jab at Lefty and missed. Lefty took a punch at Max.
2. Go to take a dig at someone.
n. a lethal injection used to carry out a death sentence. (Journalistic.) Nearly 59 prisoners got the big jab in Texas this year.
in. to inject (drugs). (Drugs.) Jab popping is a ticket to cement city.
take a dig at someoneand take a jab at someone
tv. to insult or needle someone. You’re always taking digs at people who think they’re your friends. Jed took a jab at Tom about the way he was driving.