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1A thin stream or small drop of liquid.‘driblets of spittle run from her mouth’
- ‘The steamroller would seem to rest too, just sighing little driblets of steam, when the roadmen took their breaks.’
- ‘The page-count also gives manga artists room to unfold their stories, shaking the last driblets of pathos from the often-overripe melodrama.’
- ‘They increased their first driblets of ‘aid’ only when it became clear that people all over the world were spontaneously giving millions and a public relations problem beckoned.’
- ‘And, if you're feeling extra decadent, then adding a few driblets of essential oil will also give you a natural aromatherapy bath.’
- 1.1A small or insignificant amount.‘the prisoners were let out in driblets’
very small sum, pittance, trifle, trifling sum, drop in the ocean, insignificant sum, derisory sum, paltry sumView synonyms
- ‘There is already among the British soldiers an immense vocabulary of slang or colloquialisms, driblets of which reach us now and then.’
- ‘Due to slow driblets of monthly welfare payments to single mothers, there is insufficient food on the table.’
Late 16th century (in the sense ‘small sum of money’): from obsolete drib (see dribble)+ -let.
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