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Topic: SPORT

Date: 1500-1600
Origin: drib 'to fall in small drops' (16-18 centuries), from DRIP1

dribble

1 verb
     
drib‧ble1
1 [intransitive and transitive]HBH to let liquid come out of your mouth onto your face:
Watch out, the baby is dribbling on your shirt!
He was dribbling tea onto his tie.
2 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if a liquid dribbles somewhere, it flows in a thin irregular stream:
Blood from the wound dribbled down the side of his face.
3 [intransitive and transitive]DS to move the ball along with you by short kicks, bounces, or hits in a game of football, basketball etc:
He was trying to dribble the ball past his opponents.
4 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition] if something such as money or news dribbles somewhere, it comes or goes in small irregular amounts:
Money is finally dribbling back into the country now.
5 [transitive always + adverb/preposition] to pour something out slowly in an irregular way:
Dribble a few drops of olive oil over the pizza.
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