drib

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n drib a small indefinite quantity (especially of a liquid) "he had a drop too much to drink","a drop of each sample was analyzed","there is not a drop of pity in that man","years afterward, they would pay the blood-money, driblet by driblet"--Kipling"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Drib A drop.
    • Drib a small portion or small amount of anything; -- used mostly in the phrase dribs and drabs.
    • v. t Drib To do by little and little "He who drives their bargain dribs a part.""With daily lies she dribs thee into cost."
    • v. t. & i Drib (Archery) To shoot (a shaft) so as to pierce on the descent.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • drib To cut off; chop off. Dekker. Specifically
    • drib To cut off little by little; cheat by small and reiterated tricks; purloin.
    • drib To entice step by step.
    • drib In archery, to shoot directly at short range.
    • drib In archery, to shoot at a mark at short range.
    • drib To dribble; drivel.
    • n drib A drop; a driblet, or small quantity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Drib drib to cut off in small portions: to filch or steal: to lead on by degrees.
    • v.t Drib to dribble, drivel
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Idioms

In dribs and drabs - If people arrive in dribs and drabs, they come in small groups at irregular intervals, instead of all arriving at the same time.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Drip
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dim. of Drip.

Usage

In literature:

We may be able to send you some dribs by degrees, but I do not believe we can do more.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Volume Six" by Abraham Lincoln
We may be able to send you some dribs by degrees, but I do not believe we can do more.
"The Papers And Writings Of Abraham Lincoln, Complete" by Abraham Lincoln
What is that, a bob here and there, dribs and drabs.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
I let it slip out from me in dribs.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Ben advanced cash, in dribs or wads, accordin' to needs, an' kept a set o' books.
"Dixie Hart" by Will N. Harben
His movements made her start, and the tea dribbed over the side of the cup.
"Coquette" by Frank Swinnerton
Tjan was there, working the velvet rope, letting people through in dribs and drabs.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
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In news:

Even if he assesses that a draw-down can begin, it may be in dribs and drabs.
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