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Slight jab in the ribs


Reminder or warning. If one were to poke someone in the rib area, it would be to reprimand them for an act or word they committed. A friendly reminder to do or not do something.  (Compare to Swift kick in the pants.)

“When I started talking about our neighbors divorce, my wife gave me a slight jab in the ribs to stop.”

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