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dribs and drabs

noun
1.
small and usually irregular amounts:
He repaid the loan in dribs and drabs.
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British Dictionary definitions for dribs-drabs

dribs and drabs

/drɪbz/
plural noun
1.
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'']


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Idioms and Phrases with dribs-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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