a. A small firecracker.
b. A broken firecracker that burns but does not explode.
a. A brief satirical or witty writing or speech, such as a lampoon.
b. A short, sometimes humorous piece in a newspaper or magazine, usually used as a filler.
3. Football A squib kick.
v. squibbed, squib·bing, squibs
To write or utter squibs.
1. To write or utter squibs against; lampoon.
2. Football To kick (the ball) low on a kickoff so that it bounces along the ground.
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