Student or Learner
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.
Exchange hostile/cutting/unfriendly comments. In this definition barb: Definition and Much More from Answers.com, 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