Empire had dribbled away after 1945, for the Second World War exhausted victors as surely as it obliterated the vanquished.
He dribbled off into vicious mutterings of what he'd say to the boy if he was to come to the door.
You dribbled down the front, you didn't spill things in your lap.
Skillfully, Dan Carter dribbled the basketball down the polished gymnasium floor.
The Yill servant rolled his eyes, dribbled more of the soup into the bowl.
Out of the corner of his eye, as he dribbled the ball, he saw an Elkana boy sweeping toward him.
The candle at her elbow flared and dribbled, and died at last with a splutter and a gasp.
To the muser there was no time; time had dribbled out and reverie had taken its place.
Blood, seeping from it, had dribbled down his cheek and stained his collar.
Then the enemy had dribbled in from positions on each side of them and closed up behind them.
1580s, frequentative of obsolete verb drib (1520s), variant of drip (v.). Sports sense first used of soccer (1863), basketball sense is by 1892 (implied in dribbling). Related: Dribbled; dribbling. As a noun from 1670s.