dribs and drabs


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dribs and drabs

(drɪbz)
pl n
small sporadic amounts

dribs′ and drabs′


n.pl.
small and usu. irregular amounts.

dribs and drabs

- First recorded in the 19th century; both of the words mean "small quantity or amount," making this an emphatic phrase.
See also related terms for small quantity.
Translations

dribs and drabs

pl in dribs and drabskleckerweise (inf)

dribs and drabs

[ˈdrɪbznˈdræbz] npl in dribs and drabs (pay, send etc) → un po' alla volta; (arrive) → alla spicciolata
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