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    dab/dip

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?

    I took a spoonful if mustard to dab on the frankfurter.

    Dab it on with a fine rag.

    There was just а dab of butter on the bread.

    dab = apply (usually a liquid) to a surface; daub

    You have to give your face а dab with а wet sponge.

    At last you have to give yourself а dab of powder.

    She dabbed her eyes with а handkerchief.

    Then she dabbed her lips with а lipstick.

    The artist dabbed а brush against paper.

    dab = a gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a sudden blow or hit;

    He has just а dab of money.

    a dab of money = a negligible amount of money

    Becker was а dab at tennis.

    dab = a person with a high degree of knowledge or skill in a particular field

    A knife slipped through the outer part and inside the meat was tender and juicy. They all dipped up juice from their plates and put it on the mashed potatos.

    dip = immerse briefly into a liquid so as to wet, coat, or saturate

    She dipped the blouse into the hot suds.

    dip = dunk

    He dipped the chowder into individual bowls.

    dip = take out with a ladle, scoop

    The first fourteen years, I dipped, I got grabbed eleven times.

    dip = pickpocket

    Many high state employee were tempted to dip in the gravy.

    dip in the gravy = to misappropriate

    The moon dipped behind the trees.

    dip = sink

    The road dips.

    The sun dips below the horizon.

    dip = slope down

    We have to take a dip (in the sea).

    Shall we have a dip before breakfast?

    dip = immerse,

    have a dip

    They only keep going by dipping into capital saved from better years. (use savings from better years)

    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.

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    #2

    Exclamation Re: dab/dip

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to tell me whether I am right with my interpretation of the expressions in bold in the following sentences?
    I dabbed my face with a towel.

    I took a spoonful of mustard to dab on the frankfurter.

    Dab it on with a fine rag.

    There was just а dab of butter on the bread.

    dab = apply (usually a liquid) to a surface; daub

    You have to give your face а dab with а wet sponge.

    At last you have to give yourself а dab of powder.

    She dabbed her eyes with а handkerchief.

    Then she dabbed her lips with а lipstick.

    The artist dabbed а brush against paper.

    dab = a gentle blow with the hand or some soft substance; a sudden blow or hit;

    He has just а dab of money. I feel ‘a dab of money’ sounds odd. It can be ‘a dab of ointment’ or ‘a dab of paint’ which is applied on a surface with a light touch.
    Can't you just put a dab of paint over that mark and cover it up?

    a dab of money = a negligible amount of money= a small amount of a substance

    Becker was а dab at tennis. Ok (very common in BrE)

    dab = a person with a high degree of knowledge or skill in a particular field


    Thank you for your efforts.

    Regards,

    V.
    Except for the comment in red , the rest with the word 'dab' are fine. DAB can also refer to Digital Audio Broadcasting, which is a digital radio technology for broadcasting radio stations, used in several countries

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