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Date: 1800-1900
Origin: job 'to jab' (15-20 centuries), probably copying the action

jab

1 verb
     
jab1 past tense and past participle jabbed, present participle jabbing [intransitive and transitive]
to push something into or towards something else with short quick movements
jab at
She jabbed at the elevator buttons.
When I didn't respond, he jabbed a finger at me.
jab somebody with something
Stop jabbing me with your elbow!
jab something into something
The soldier jabbed a rifle into his ribs.

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