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"It's my own hair, Jenny Walters," said Dab, almost savagely.

But a dab of varnish, a touch of gilding here and there, was all that was necessary.

She was rubbing distressfully at a dab of rouge on her cheek.

The candle has been lighted and stuck with a dab of grease on the ledge.

They dab a splotch of sheep-dip on the place and go right ahead.

Fancy it did, your honour; for the Colonel was a dab with the scissors.

He forgets the force of example, however much of a dab he may be at precept.

The mutilated cell shall stay as it is, with never a dab of mortar.

Dont some of you want me to dab a little red on your cheeks?

Make a dab here and there, if you happen to know of any rocks and shoals.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, dabben "to strike," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative. Modern sense of "strike with a slight, quick pressure" developed by mid-16c., influenced by French dauber (see daub). Related: Dabbed; dabbing. As a noun from c.1300, "heavy blow with a weapon." Dab hand is British slang, 1828, from dab "expert" (1690s), said to be school slang, of unknown origin, perhaps from dab in the "strike lightly" sense.

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