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verbsaboed, saboing, sabos[with object]SE Asian
1(in Singapore) deliberately cause trouble or inconvenience to (someone), especially in order to gain a personal advantage.‘he condemned the current bidding system and accused the minister of saboing him’‘they've been saboed by the media’
- 1.1 Play a trick or practical joke on (someone)‘they all saboed him with water, egg, and glue’
- 1.1 Play a trick or practical joke on (someone)
nounPlural sabosSE Asian
1The action of deliberately causing trouble or inconvenience to someone.‘there were murmurs of 'sabo'’as modifier ‘he has decided to be a sabo king and do a number on the persons who have helped him’
- 1.1 The playing of tricks or practical jokes.‘sabo is today's in thing’count noun ‘he went to his co-star's trailer to pull off a stinky sabo’as modifier ‘being the victim of a sabo attempt is no fun’
- 1.1 The playing of tricks or practical jokes.
1970s: shortening of sabotage.
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