jab at (someone or something)
1. verb To poke, punch, stab, or thrust at someone or something very quickly or abruptly. I couldn't believe the way the doctor was jabbing at my arm with that needle! Where did she go to med school? The boxer jabbed at his opponent and landed a hit right on his chin.
2. noun A teasing, sarcastic, or insulting remark, gibe, or criticism at someone's or something's expense. I'm really not having a jab at you. I'm just trying to give you some constructive feedback. He's really nice to me when we hang out by ourselves, but he always starts making little jabs at me when we're around his other friends. I can speak the language very well, but they still can't resist taking a jab at my accent.
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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 at someone or something
to poke or punch at someone or something. Tom jabbed at Fred. Don't jab at the cat!
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