Definition of stabbing in English:



  • An act or instance of wounding or killing someone with a knife.

    ‘the fatal stabbings of four women’
    • ‘A man was killed and five people were fighting for their lives today after a rampaging knifeman carried out a series of stabbings.’
    • ‘There was just one shooting and two instances of stabbings and I would not say that is mass violence.’
    • ‘On any given night, the two cops will respond to gunfights, stabbings, thefts and family fights.’
    • ‘Criminal lawyers in Nunavut often deal with clients accused of rape, stabbings and violent assaults.’
    • ‘An editorial in the May 28 issue of the prestigious British Medical Journal calls for banning the sale of kitchen knives, in order to reduce fatal stabbings.’
    • ‘Detectives investigating the fatal stabbings of a married couple say it is vital they trace a new witness.’
    • ‘A recent audit of Glasgow hospitals' accident and emergency departments showed that only half of stabbings were reported to police.’
    • ‘Staff from York Dungeon will be joining forces with students from York College to dramatise the dangers of slips, trips, burns, cuts and stabbings in the kitchen.’
    • ‘But watching all the stabbings, murders, guns and violence that can be seen every night on prime time television elicits not even a whimper.’
    • ‘He is rather confused and mistaken - it must have been the sight of all those stabbings, savage beatings and violence that is getting to him.’
    • ‘These range from stabbings to violent assaults so serious that some shopworkers are scared of actually going back on the shopfloor.’
    • ‘These murders, shootings and stabbings are all about drugs and the proceeds of crime.’
    • ‘A team from West Middlesex University Hospital said violent crime is on the increase - and kitchen knives are used in as many as half of all stabbings.’
    • ‘The report also argues that as the number of different drugs taken by young people increases, the more likely it is that they will be carrying a weapon - the implication being that more drugs equals more knives which equals more stabbings.’
    • ‘Incidents such as stabbings and violent crime, often induced by influences like drugs or alcohol, are unacceptable and the police have a responsibility to deal with this.’
    • ‘There have been reports of recent attempted kidnappings, muggings and stabbings.’
    • ‘Another unenviable record is the 19 stabbings that occurred at a gig in Boston, although they were not a reaction to the band's music but the result of a nutter running amok through the crowd.’
    • ‘Renaissance paintings showed the blood or lopped heads of martyrs; Shakespeare's tragedies typically concluded with swordplay and stabbings.’
    • ‘Such crimes as assault, rape, and burglary are rare, but kidnappings, stabbings, and homicides frequently occur in the criminal world of the competing triads.’
    • ‘Politicians demanded tough action against knife crime yesterday after a wave of stabbings left two men dead and four seriously injured.’
    agonizing, extremely painful, severe, acute, intense, extreme, savage, violent, racking, searing, piercing, stabbing, raging, harrowing, tormenting, grievous
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  • (of a pain or sensation) sharp and sudden.

    ‘I felt a stabbing pain in my chest’