dribs and drabs

noun
small and usually irregular amounts: He repaid the loan in dribs and drabs.
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dribs and drabs (drɪbz)
 
pl n
small sporadic amounts

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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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Example sentences
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.
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