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jab / jab/ • v. (jabbed , jab·bing ) [tr.] poke (someone or something) roughly or quickly, esp. with something sharp or pointed: she jabbed him in his ribs | [intr.] he jabbed at the air with his finger. ∎  poke someone or something roughly or quickly with (a sharp or pointed object or a part of the body): she jabbed the fork into the earth.• n. a quick, sharp blow, esp. with the fist: fast jabs to the face. ∎  inf. a hypodermic injection, esp. a vaccination: an anti-tetanus jab. ∎  a sharp painful sensation or feeling: the jabs of pain up my spine a jab of envy.

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