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Rib roasts should be bought by designating the number of ribs.

The ribs and the loin cut in one piece are shown in Fig. 18.

There are forty-one of these ribs, twenty-one on the upper and twenty on the lower plane.

The manner of fastening the ribs to the frame pieces is optional.

Good Indian muttered something profane, and kicked his horse in the ribs.

Now, let us see whether there's anything else the matter, and how our ribs are?'

His heart beat with such violence that it seemed likely to break his ribs.

Then Coryston turned, laughing, to his brother Arthur, and punched him in the ribs.

But the older brother already had hidden one of her ribs on purpose.

To my acute distress he here thumbed me in the ribs and laughed again.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English ribb "rib," from Proto-Germanic *rebja- (cf. Old Norse rif, Old Saxon ribbi, Old Frisian ribb, Middle Dutch, Dutch ribbe, Old High German ribba, German Rippe), literally "a covering" (of the cavity of the chest), from PIE *rebh- "to roof, cover" (cf. Greek ereptein "to roof," Old Church Slavonic rebro "rib, reef"). As an item of food from early 15c. Rib joint "brothel" is slang from 1943, probably in reference to Adam's rib (cf. rib "woman, wife," attested from 1580s).

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nounupper front of body
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