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dribs and drabs

plural noun
small and usually irregular amounts:
He repaid the loan in dribs and drabs. Unabridged
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  • They have successfully planted the idea that investing in dribs and drabs is a sure way to minimise capital loss.
  • Another is the way that bad news comes to light in dribs and drabs, rather than in one cathartic revelation.
  • The other is a public one, mainly for the retired population, with dribs and drabs for the younger poor.
  • dribs and drabs of this hypothesis have trickled out over the past six years.
  • They are going to pretend they don't exist, or let them out in dribs and drabs.
  • There have been some dribs and drabs coming out on that.
  • There might be some dribs and drabs going into the next year but the majority should be done.
  • And new recruits did continue to arrive, though only in dribs and drabs.
British Dictionary definitions for dribs and drabs

dribs and drabs

plural noun
small sporadic amounts
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dribs and drabs

noun phrase

In skimpy bits; piecemeal: Details about Whitewater are coming out in dribs and drabs

[1850s+; drib is probably a shortening of dribble; drab earlier meant ''a small debt'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with dribs and drabs

dribs and drabs

Bits and pieces, negligible amounts, as in There's not much left, just some dribs and drabs of samples. The noun drib is thought to be a shortening of driblet, for “drop” or “tiny quantity,” dating from the early 1700s, whereas drab meaning “a small sum of money” dates from the early 1800s.
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