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transitive verb dabbing, dabbed, dabbed
1to dab sth with sthto dab sth on sth
- The sample - usually blood or cells from inside the cheek - is dabbed on to a stain card and returned to the lab in a tamperproof bag.
- To fragrance your kitchen cabinets and drawers, place a good scent dabbed on a cotton ball into an inconspicuous comer.
- They were black specks in the distance, nothing more than what looked to be dots of blotched ink dabbed on to the bright, clear blue sky.
- Afterwards she fixed her ponytail and dabbed on some cherry lip gloss before heading out the door.
- I also dabbed on some lip-gloss and blush, and even managed to evenly apply some black eyeliner.
- Beth quickly ran a hairbrush through her blonde hair and dabbed on the tiniest bit of make-up.
- A few minutes later, after I dabbed on some foundation and lip gloss, I was ready to go.
- I dabbed on little piles of wasabi and pickled ginger around the rice and between the fish.
- You are, perhaps, more likely to dab on some moisturising cream that you know and trust rather than some unknown concoction in a vanilla coloured jar.
- Individual sores or insect bites can be dabbed directly with lavender oil.
- For a mottled effect try painting your pot in a plain color then use a small sea sponge to dab on a contrasting color after the base color has dried.
- Apply by gently dabbing the lotion onto cleansed skin with a cottonwool ball, and then leave it to dry.
- I dabbed my lips lightly with lip gloss and stood back to assess myself.
- Use a small, pointed brush to dab a tiny amount of concealer right on the blemish, pressing into the spot to cover completely.
- I quickly splashed cold water to my face, tied my hair in a low ponytail and dabbed concealer to that annoying, red spot on my nose.
- I dabbed concealer on some red spots and put on a coat of rusty colored lipstick.
- Solve the problem of dry lips by dabbing your lips with lip balm.
- More than just dabbing bits of colour on eggs, in Hungary egg painting is considered an art.
- She shrieked in pain when a nurse dabbed ointment on her skin.
- Leave the layer of dead skin intact and dab antibiotic ointment on it.
intransitive verb dabbing, dabbed, dabbed
1to dab at sth — dar toquecitos a algo
1.1(small amount)(of cream, paint) toque masculine(of perfume) gota feminine(of perfume) toque masculinea dab of mustard — un poquito de mostaza
- Working in random, one-inch sections, take a dab of pliable pomade, and coat and twist hair as you go.
- Not only does a dab of toner refresh the skin, it helps to remove any cleanser that hasn't been properly removed.
- Well, I don't use make up daily, just kohl to line my eyes, and a dab of lipstick.
- To keep the shine away, add a dab of loose or pressed powder.
- Use both the body wash and body lotion, then just a dab of perfume.
- There was a time when a grazed knee in the playground merited a quick visit to the school nurse, a dab of TCP and a sticking plaster.
- A touch of mascara, a pinch of blush, a dab of lip gloss, and I was set to go.
- Using a cotton swab, apply a few drops of vitamin E from a capsule or a dab of zinc ointment inside the tip of your nose every night before bed until your nosebleeds stop.
- Use a dab of pomade to separate curls and zap frizz.
- When you brush your teeth, also gently scrub your tongue with a dab of toothpaste.
- A dab of white-wine vinegar is useful to get plates and cutlery spotlessly clean.
- My dark auburn hair was curled in loose ringlets that cascaded down my back and I just had foundation, mascara, and a dab of lip-gloss for the natural look.
- He could see her beautiful dark brown hair, her glossy green eyes that seemed to know everything, and her face that looked so close to perfection without a dab of makeup.
- For sashimi, put a dab of wasabi directly on the fish.
- Place a dab of chervil pesto on each plate and serve.
- They came breaded and deep fried, along with a sound celeriac remoulade, cold battered onion rings, salad and dabs of tartare sauce.
- The surfaces of his pictures are speckled with dabs of oil pigment almost reminiscent of a tapestry in its pattern and texture.
- It took a big chunk out of the morning but even so the third bedroom got its final dabs of paint and was declared finished well before the close of day.
- Sagerman applies thousands of dabs of oil paint with a palette knife and meticulously records the colors, the number of strokes and the amount of time spent on each color in a ledger for each painting.
- Apply dabs of cream onto your forehead, cheekbones, chin, and neck, and gently smooth it over the skin in a circular motion, working from the outside of your face toward the center.
- Writing between dabs on the forehead with a wet washcloth, she speaks of an ‘inchoate longing’ to visit paradise.
- With every stroke and dab and curve of the brush she was losing a little bit of herself.
- Because Impressionist painters had to work quickly, oil paint was usually put on the canvas in small dabs or short strokes, often with little color mixing.
- Angela does a few quick swipes and dabs at her own face, puts on something amazing, and throws her hair up.
- Even in the foregrounds, the brushstrokes are a web of quick flickering dabs, layered, but not blended or otherwise heavily worked.
1.2(pat)he gave his tie a dab with a damp cloth — se frotó un poco la corbata con un trapo húmedo
2British slang dabs plural(fingerprints)huellas digitales femininehuellas dactilares feminine
- Campaigners are concerned that thousands of schools have used their money to buy fingerprint scanners to get kids' dabs at registration, at the library counter, and at the canteen checkout.
- The dabs are used to identify pupils in computerised class registers or library systems.
- I would presume that if they found my dabs at the scene of a crime they could match them with the details they acquired at immigration.
- As i see it unless you have had your dabs taken in the past they should not be on a database
- If all the dabs were already on record, this could help reduce future police paperwork.
- Biometric national ID's problem is that it's like investigating a crime solely by taking dabs and going house-to-house around the whole country looking for matches.
- My bra straps held his neck to the metal and I knew not a single dab of mine would be found on his body.
- Even though this rig is especially good for gurnards, it also proves superbly successful for dabs, plaice, megrim, even small turbot and brill, also haddock, cod and whiting.
- The most common are dragonets, topknots, dabs, plaice and, if you're lucky, the occasional anglerfish and thornback ray.
- These are always the prime spots for bass, dabs and plaice.
- The tope work around the rising edges and base of these banks scaring up dabs, whiting and gurnards that hug the sand waiting for food to be brought to them by the tide.
- The same kinds of places can throw up plaice, small turbot and dabs during the daytime, especially around the mouth of the Camel estuary, within which the fishing port of Padstow resides.
- The traps would have mainly been used in flowing rivers and tidal estuaries to catch all manner of fish including eel, salmon, trout, dabs, flounders, etc.
- As my travels have taken me further and further away from cod and dabs and more into wahoo and tuna territory, so my tastes have been widened and I think I now have what could be called a cosmopolitan piscine palate.
- Nobody would say that a flounder, dab or rockling is going to pull hard, although I admit that flounder on light rods are fun.
- In fact, the very biggest dabs are often found inshore during periods when sprat shoals are tight to shore during flat calm seas in the middle of high-pressure weather systems.
- Providing you're casting on to sand, it doesn't matter if you're fishing from a pier, breakwater, surf beach or rock ledge, the dabs will be there.
- In Jutland dabs are salted and dried and sold under a name which means ‘dried Jutlanders’.