/skwɪb/ (say skwib)

1. a short witty or sarcastic saying or writing.
2. a firework consisting of a tube or ball filled with powder, which burns with a hissing noise terminated usually by a slight explosion.
3. any firework.
4. a pyrotechnic device used to fire the igniter in a rocket.
5. Also, damp squib. any plan, project, etc., which does not eventuate.
6. a mean or paltry person: *You're a squib, if ever there was one, Roie. –ruth park, 1948.
7. Racing a horse, dog, etc., which lacks stamina.
8. Theatre, Film a fake gunshot wound.
verb (squibbed, squibbing)
verb (i)
9. to write squibs.
10. to shoot a squib.
11. to go off with a small, sharp sound.
12. to move swiftly and irregularly.
13. Colloquial to behave in a fearful or cowardly manner; back down: *You'll probably squib out of it at the last moment. –kylie tennant, 1946.
verb (t)
14. to assail in squibs or lampoons.
15. to toss, shoot, or utilise as a squib.
16. to withdraw from, usually through fear.
17. squib on, to desert or betray in order to preserve one's own safety.
{origin uncertain}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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