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Date: 1200-1300
Origin: From the sound of hitting something

dab

1 noun
     
Related topics: Fish
dab1 [countable]
1 a small amount of something that you put onto a surface
dab of
a dab of butter
2 a light touch with your hand, a cloth etc:
She wiped her tears away with a dab of her handkerchief.
3

be a dab hand at/with something

British English informal to be very good at a particular activity
4HBF a small flat fish
5

dabs

[plural] British English old-fashioned your fingerprints

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