barb barb  /ˈbɑrb/


  1. (n) an aggressive remark directed at a person like a missile and intended to have a telling effect
  2. (n) the pointed part of barbed wire
  3. (n) a subsidiary point facing opposite from the main point that makes an arrowhead or spear hard to remove
  4. (n) one of the parallel filaments projecting from the main shaft of a feather
  5. (v) provide with barbs



  1. In 1880, old Colonel Miller had built the first barb wire fence in the district.
  2. Swiftly back-pedalled from a too-pointed barb about Bill Clinton, transforming his response into a crowd-pleasing poke at Hillary Clinton.
  3. Politically, Clinton's barb may have been too elliptical and insider-y for voters at home.


  1. Money missing from Round Lake Parkinson’s event

    Barb Stonecipher said it isn't the amount of money that was taken from a charity event she helped organize that bothers her, it's the principle. A little more than $100 in cash donations was taken at the "Stepping Out for Parkinson's" event Sunday at Nippersink Forest Preserve in Round Lake, Stonecipher said.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: Daily Herald

  2. Barb's Bail Bonds is named in lawsuit in Barber Co. shooting

    Barb's Bail Bonds is named in a lawsuit filed in Reno County District Court over a shooting incident ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Hutchinson News

  3. Barb Freeman, breast cancer survivor, to be 'voice of hope' at Twin Valley Relay for Life event

    The American Cancer Society announced plans Monday for its annual Relay for Life event in southern Berks County. The 24-hour event will begin this Friday at noon at Twin Valley High School in Caernarvon Township. Addressing participants during the survivor ceremony this year will be Barb Freeman, a 48-year-old wife and mom who is a two-time breast cancer survivor. In April 2009, doctors ...
    on June 10, 2013     Source: WFMZ Eastern Pennsylvania and Western New Jersey

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  1. John Stainton, who witnessed the incident, said that Irwin swam over the stingray "and the stingray's barb went up and into his chest and put a hole into his heart".
    on Sep 5, 2006 By: John Stainton Source: Independent

  2. "I haven't thought a single moment about that or anywhere else," said Kruger, who coached in the Big Ten at Illinois in 1996-2000. "You can scratch me off any list you want to. No contact at all and no thoughts about any other positions. Barb...
    on Mar 21, 2007 By: Lon Kruger Source: Detroit Free Press

  3. "That will call for a leader that can match his oratory, think on his feet, vary the tempo and in the face of gratuitous abuse, deploy barb and humour in equal measure," Mr Finnie said "I believe I have all the qualities that fit that pattern...
    on Aug 3, 2008 By: Ross Finnie Source: The Herald

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