I dabbed on some Valentina, to see if that might improve the situation.
She had been portrayed in a modernist manner: her face all dabbed, violent brushstrokes, her eyes disturbed.
She dabbed them with a tissue and continued without ceremony.
Charlie took out a chunk of bread, dabbed a spoonful of marmalade on top of it, and gave it to the lad.
He dabbed at the cut cheek, then reached back into the case for an instrument.
She dabbed her eyes hurriedly with her handkerchief and tried to laugh.
Mrs. Pendyce dabbed the wicker flask on her husband's handkerchief.
Lacey dabbed at him with her gauzy scarf and fussed over him.
She dabbed her handkerchief at her eyes, muttered: "My Heavens, what a fool!"
She dabbed them effectively with the end of her lace handkerchief.
c.1300, dabben "to strike," of unknown origin, perhaps imitative. Modern sense of "strike with a slight, quick pressure" developed by mid-16c., influenced by French dauber (see daub). Related: Dabbed; dabbing. As a noun from c.1300, "heavy blow with a weapon." Dab hand is British slang, 1828, from dab "expert" (1690s), said to be school slang, of unknown origin, perhaps from dab in the "strike lightly" sense.