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Stab, vb. 1) to thrust or to kill with the point of a weapon: Lucr. Arg. R3 III, 2, 89 Gent. IV, 1, 51. Meas. IV, 3, 19. Wint. I, 2, 138. H4A II, 4, 160. H5 IV, 5, 7. H6B IV, 1, 65. H6B IV, 1, 65 H6C II, 4, 6. II, 6, 30. V, 5, 53. R3 I, 2, 11. R3 I, 2, 11 R3 I, 2, 11 I, 3, 212. I, 4, 56. I, 4, 56 I, 4, 56 III, 3, 16. IV, 4, 63. Tit. V, 2, 47. Tit. V, 2, 47 Tit. V, 2, 47 Rom. II, 4, 14. Tim. V, 1, 105. Caes. III, 2, 157. “I am --ed with laughter,” LLL V, 2, 80 (== I have side-stitches). Obscene double-meaning: “he --ed me in mine own house,” H4B II, 1, 15. “if Caesar had --ed their mothers,” Caes. I, 2, 277. cf. Wint. I, 2, 138(?).
2) absol. to make or offer a thrust with the point of a weapon: “--ing steel,” Wint. IV, 4, 748. “he will s.” H4B II, 1, 13. Caes. III, 2, 180. Caes. III, 2, 180 IV, 3, 20. With at: “to s. at half an hour of my life,” H4B IV, 5, 109. In a moral sense, == to mortify, to be extremely cutting: “she speaks poniards, and every word --s,” Ado II, 1, 255. “to say a soldier lies, is --ing,” Oth. III, 4, 6. cf. “first let my words s. him,” H6B IV, 1, 66; and see H6C II, 1, 98.
3) to drive, to plunge, to thrust (the weapon as object): “s. poniards in our flesh,” H6C II, 1, 98.
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