"stabs" in the noun sense
1. pang, stab, twinge
a sudden sharp feeling
"pangs of regret"
"she felt a stab of excitement"
"twinges of conscience"
2. stab, thrust, knife thrust
a strong blow with a knife or other sharp pointed instrument
"one strong stab to the heart killed him"
3. shot, stab
informal words for any attempt or effort
"he gave it his best shot"
"he took a stab at forecasting"
"stabs" in the verb sense
1. knife, stab
use a knife on
"The victim was knifed to death"
2. stab, jab
stab or pierce
"he jabbed the piece of meat with his pocket knife"
3. jab, prod, stab, poke, dig
poke or thrust abruptly
"he jabbed his finger into her ribs"
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