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synonyms for dabbing

  • daub
  • smear
  • smudge
  • swab
  • wipe
  • bedaub
  • besmear
  • pat
  • peck
  • plaster
  • stipple
  • tap
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How to use dabbing in a sentence

"I—I don't want you to," wailed Genevieve, dabbing her eyes with her handkerchief.
THE SUNBRIDGE GIRLS AT SIX STAR RANCHELEANOR H. (ELEANOR HODGMAN) PORTER
Luke was dabbing the pointer carefully at the bald top of Weaver's head.
THE WORSHIPPERSDAMON FRANCIS KNIGHT
Her hand was dabbing furtively at her face for a purpose which Pierre could not surmise.
RIDERS OF THE SILENCESJOHN FREDERICK
Some one rushed up with a sponge and began dabbing his face.
THE VARMINTOWEN JOHNSON
Then she pulled out a small handkerchief, edged with cheap lace, and fell to dabbing her eyes.
WANDERING HEATHSIR ARTHUR THOMAS QUILLER-COUCH
The girl worked busily, dabbing a twist of cloth into a little saucer of brown dye that holds longer than any walnut juice.
KIMRUDYARD KIPLING
Before taking the plunge, pour cold water over the head; simply dabbing the hair with it is not sufficient.
NERVOUS BREAKDOWNS AND HOW TO AVOID THEMCHARLES DAVID MUSGROVE
Ricky had pulled out a microscopic bit of handkerchief and was dabbing at the blood in an amateurish way.
RALESTONE LUCKANDRE NORTON
I promise you nothing,' said the dolls' dressmaker, dabbing two dabs at him with her needle, as if she put out both his eyes.
OUR MUTUAL FRIENDCHARLES DICKENS
Jeffries, staggering backward and dabbing desperately at his face where the full force of Nat's charge had expended itself.
THE MOTOR RANGERS THROUGH THE SIERRASMARVIN WEST
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