- dribs and drabs
- n.pl. colloq. small scattered amounts (did the work in dribs and drabs).
Etymology: as DRIBBLE + drab redupl.
* * *noun plural: miserably small or paltry amounts, portions, or fragments usually scattered over a period of time
taxes collected in dribs and drabs
set to dribs and drabs of Meyerbeer's music — Douglas Watt
* * *small and usually irregular amounts: He repaid the loan in dribs and drabs.
* * *dribs and drabsSmall quantities at a time• • •Main Entry: ↑drib
* * *dribs and drabs UK [ˌdrɪbz ən ˈdræbz] US nounPhrase: in dribs and drabs
* * *['dribz and 'drabz]plural n. in dribs and drabs informal in small scattered or sporadic amounts
doing the work in dribs and drabsOrigin:
* * *dribs and drabs — see ↑dribs• • •Main Entry: ↑drabs————————dribs and drabsinformal : small amounts that come or happen over a period of time
They received donations in dribs and drabs.• • •Main Entry: ↑dribs
Useful english dictionary. 2012.