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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Squib \Squib\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Squibbed} (skw[i^]bd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Squibbing}.] To throw squibs; to utter sarcastic or severe reflections; to contend in petty dispute; as, to squib a little in debate. [Colloq.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Squib \Squib\ (skw[i^]b), noun [OE. squippen, swippen, to move swiftly, Icel. svipa to swoop, flash, dart, whip; akin to AS. swipian to whip, and E. swift, adjective See {Swift}, adjective]

1. A little pipe, or hollow cylinder of paper, filled with powder or combustible matter, to be thrown into the air while burning, so as to burst there with a crack.

Lampoons, like squibs, may make a present blaze. --Waller.

The making and selling of fireworks, and squibs . . . is punishable. --Blackstone.

2. (Mining) A kind of slow match or safety fuse.

3. A sarcastic speech or publication; a petty lampoon; a brief, witty essay.

Who copied his squibs, and reechoed his jokes. --Goldsmith.

4. A writer of lampoons. [Obs.]

The squibs are those who in the common phrase of the world are called libelers, lampooners, and pamphleteers. --Tatler.

5. A paltry fellow. [Obs.] --Spenser.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

squib

noun

1: firework consisting of a tube filled with powder (as a broken firecracker) that burns with a fizzing noise


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