My sister's a model," Viggiano said, dabbing sweat from his brow, "and she says the process is very similar.
We set to our task with a deliberate gentleness, dabbing with cloths, cotton, swabs.
Then McDonald sang, note-clear and strong, “Smile,” and the dabbing of eyes and sniffs increased.
Patrons eat their cannoli slowly and deliberately, dabbing the powdered sugar on their plates with licked fingers.
dabbing wax on the coil or using hash oil on the wick also works.
"There's a ring," observed Flavilla, dabbing on too much ultramarine and using a sponge.
What did she want to keep on dabbing at her mouth with her handkerchief for!
“There you are, then,” said Carey, giving the spoon a twirl and dabbing a goodly portion on the biscuit.
"Oh, just another fellow who lived in Rome," he replied, dabbing away.
What's the good of dabbing a lot of sweets in front of people, before they've had any meat?
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.