crib·​bing | \ ˈkri-biŋ How to pronounce cribbing (audio) \

Definition of cribbing

1 : material for use in making a crib
2 : a vice of horses in which they grasp a solid object (such as a stall door) with their teeth and gulp air

Examples of cribbing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Firefighters used hydraulic rams and wood cribbing to help free the woman's arm, the fire department said in a Facebook post. Robert Rhoden,, "Woman injured after being pinned between 18-wheelers at Slidell truck stop," 12 Apr. 2018 Inflatable air bags were used along with wooden blocks, known as cribbing, to free the victim after the morning crash in the 2600 block of Virginia Avenue, near the Watergate complex. Washington Post, "6 protesters arrested at Union Station," 21 Jan. 2018 The show, cribbing from recent-enough history to build a narrative of increasingly high dudgeon, is rigorous about its devotion to aesthetic and to its big ideas about culture and society. Daniel D'addario, Time, "The Assassination of Gianni Versace," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of cribbing

1841, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cribbing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Oct. 2020.

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crib·​bing | \ ˈkrib-iŋ How to pronounce cribbing (audio) \

Medical Definition of cribbing

: a habit of horses in which they grasp a solid object (such as a stall door) with their teeth and gulp air

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