To stab at
Stab Stab, v. i. 1. To give a wound with a pointed weapon; to pierce; to thrust with a pointed weapon. [1913 Webster]

None shall dare With shortened sword to stab in closer war. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To wound or pain, as if with a pointed weapon. [1913 Webster]

She speaks poniards, and every word stabs. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To stab at}, to offer or threaten to stab; to thrust a pointed weapon at. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • a stab at — informal an attempt to do. → stab …   English new terms dictionary

  • have a stab at something — have/make a stab at (something/doing something) to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before. I d never tried water skiing before, but I had a stab at it while I was in Greece. She made a reasonable stab at solving… …   New idioms dictionary

  • have a stab at doing something — have/make a stab at (something/doing something) to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before. I d never tried water skiing before, but I had a stab at it while I was in Greece. She made a reasonable stab at solving… …   New idioms dictionary

  • have a stab at — have/make a stab at (something/doing something) to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before. I d never tried water skiing before, but I had a stab at it while I was in Greece. She made a reasonable stab at solving… …   New idioms dictionary

  • make a stab at something — have/make a stab at (something/doing something) to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before. I d never tried water skiing before, but I had a stab at it while I was in Greece. She made a reasonable stab at solving… …   New idioms dictionary

  • make a stab at doing something — have/make a stab at (something/doing something) to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before. I d never tried water skiing before, but I had a stab at it while I was in Greece. She made a reasonable stab at solving… …   New idioms dictionary

  • make a stab at — have/make a stab at (something/doing something) to try to do something, or to try an activity that you have not done before. I d never tried water skiing before, but I had a stab at it while I was in Greece. She made a reasonable stab at solving… …   New idioms dictionary

  • make a stab at — {v. phr.} To try doing something at random without sufficient preparation. * /The singer was not familiar with the aria but she decided to make a stab at it anyhow./ Contrast: STAB IN THE BACK, STAB IN THE DARK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make a stab at — {v. phr.} To try doing something at random without sufficient preparation. * /The singer was not familiar with the aria but she decided to make a stab at it anyhow./ Contrast: STAB IN THE BACK, STAB IN THE DARK …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • make\ a\ stab\ at — v. phr. To try doing something at random without sufficient preparation. The singer was not familiar with the aria but she decided to make a stab at it anyhow. Contrast: stab in the back, stab in the dark …   Словарь американских идиом

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