Make a stab at



Try to do something, as in I don’t know the answer but I’ll make a stab at it. This expression derives from stab in the sense of “a vigorous thrust.” [ Late 1800s ]
Also see: make a pass at, def. 2.

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  • Make a stab at something

    verb phrase To make an attempt; have a try: I’ve never done this before, but I’ll make a stab at it (1895+)

  • Make a stand

    Hold firm against something or someone, as in The government was determined to make a stand against all forms of terrorism. This idiom transfers the early meaning of holding ground against an enemy to other issues. [ c. 1600 ]



  • Make a statement

    Create a certain impression; communicate an idea or mood without using words. For example, The furnishings here make a statement about the company. [ Mid-1900s ]

  • Make a stink

    verb phrase To exhibit anger, indignation, fiery temper, hysterics, etc, in a public outburst: I asked her to be quiet and not make a scene/ Why don’t these pay cable services make a public stink about the Time Inc-Manhattan Cable monopoly?/ ”I never made a big stink about it,” says Righetti (entry form 1804+, variant […]



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