Meaning of sab in English:


Pronunciation /sab/


informal British
  • A hunt saboteur.

    • ‘There are probably many more people that go shooting than used to go hunting with hounds, and it is a big commercial enterprise, so the hunt sabs may have a harder time of it trying to get shooting banned.’
    • ‘She added that although the pressure group did not get involved, she knew there would be ‘a lot of hunting sabs out there too’.’
    • ‘At a country-house dinner in Wiltshire, my hunting friends tell me the cubbing is fantastic this year and the sabs seem to have disappeared to the guinea-pig farm.’
    • ‘Over the weekend, there were seven sabs deployed, including 30-year-old Stephen Smith, from Bolton, who has been ‘sabbing’ for half his life.’
    • ‘Our sabs and the League Against Cruel Sports will be monitoring the hunt and will be able to produce evidence if the killing was a deliberate act.’
    • ‘The clash between town and country, huntsman and hunt sab, rural tradition and urban sensitivity, is far from over.’
    • ‘A one time hunt sab, I'm obviously delighted to hear that the ban on hunting will take effect from Friday and that the government's 1997 promise that parliament would have its say has finally been honoured.’
    • ‘Anyone who endangers ‘animals and the environment’, hunts sabs, for instance, will be subject to European anti-terrorist arrest warrants.’

verbverb sabs, verb sabbing, verb sabbed

[no object] informal British
  • Act as a hunt saboteur.

    • ‘they travelled the country sabbing and demonstrating’
    • ‘The law could be conveniently changed so that ‘sabbing’ a hunt became a new offence, criminal trespass.’
    • ‘We successfully sabbed the hunt all day and took the hounds off them on more than one occasion.’
    • ‘We followed and sabbed the hunt over several covers.’
    • ‘That weekend both groups attended and sabbed the hunt as planned.’
    • ‘Last Saturday was a year to the day since I first sabbed a fox hunt with my local group.’
    • ‘Many of them have been sabbing for years so know their way around.’
    • ‘Despite some bad behaviour from foot followers we continued to sab the hunt.’


1970s abbreviation of saboteur.