[General] dribs and drabs

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Dear teachers,

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

Hurstwood went to get it, starting for a can of tomatoes. Carrie scarcely noticed that this was the beginning of the new order. He took out fifteen cents and bought the can with it. Thereafter it was dribs and drabs of this sort… (Dreiser’s “Sister Carrie”, chapter XXXIX)

dribs and drabs = little, a bit, an insignificant quantity, a trace of, crumbs, leavings, trifling, small matter, non-essential

Thank you for your efforts.

Regards,

V.
 
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