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  1. Newbie
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    An idiom from news

    I've met the expression "trade barbs" in
    Sky News report about G8 meeting.
    It was in the next context: "US and Russia trade barbs about...."
    Though I think I "feel" the meaning intuitively I'd like to know it
    Will be very thankful.

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    Re: An idiom from news

    Exchange hostile/cutting/unfriendly comments. In this definition barb: Definition and Much More from, meaning 2 applies. Meaning 1 gives the original meaning - a point with another point sticking out backwards - a fish-hook for example. From this idea comes the associated idea of the 'barbed comment', or barb.

    Last edited by BobK; 04-Jun-2007 at 16:14. Reason: Added link and explanation

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