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ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does dab mean?
Where does dab come from?
Dab, in its regular use, is a noun or verb referring to light taps or strokes, but it has taken on a number of slang senses.
In the marijuana community, dabbing refers to a more intense form of consuming marijuana. It involves a person smoking hash oil burned with butane, resulting in nearly straight THC—and a very intense high. These cannabis extracts are referred to as dabs.
Though the ability to create dabs goes back for decades, dabbing only started catching on in the 2010s, at which point it got the slang name dabbing, based on how one dabs an amount of concentrate to smoke it. There is a serious concern that dabbing is far more dangerous than conventional pot smoking.
Dabbing also became a type of hip-hop dance in the 2010s. It originated in Atlanta, Georgia. The dance move involves extending one arm up and out while the other arm, parallel, covers at the elbow pit.
Dabbing was popularized by members of the Quality Control label, particularly Migos, whose 2015 song (later updated to “Look at My Dab”) brought the dance to a wider audience. Credit also goes to Skippa Da Flippa’s 2014 “How Fast.”
Dabbing went viral after Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton dabbed in the end zone in 2015. The dance went on to be performed by everyone from actor Betty White to kids in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
As for how the dance got dubbed dabbing, performer Bow Wow claims that the moves are supposed to replicate covering one’s mouth from the coughing fits that happen after one ingests a hash dab.
Then there’s the cyclist’s dabbing, which refers to the action of quickly putting your foot on the ground while you ride a bicycle, motorcycle, or mountain bike for balance. This version originates at least by the 1980s but tends to be cycling jargon.
How is dab used in real life?
People may dab to dance or to celebrate an accomplishment or win. Because hip-hop dabbing became so widespread in the mid-2010s, it’s sometimes mentioned as another example of appropriating Black culture. As a result in part, dabbing is often called out as something that is not cool, though it used to be.
Hash dabbing, on the other hand, is still highly sought after by its fans, and has become more popular as marijuana has become more legalized. If there’s one thing anyone needs to know about this version of dabbing, though, it’s that it is intense.
If you hear bicyclists talk about dabbing, all they mean is putting their feet on the ground while they ride. It is based on the idea of dab, or to lightly tap. It usually happens when someone is about to fall off their bike as a way of catching themselves. It may incur a penalty in cycling-based competitions.
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“Experts are coming forward, however, to urge caution when creating and using dabs, as there are some dangers that come along with it.”
—Gina M. Florio, Bustle, August 2016
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How to use dab in a sentence
While Paul Cézanne considered himself an Impressionist, he worked differently, his dabs emphasizing form as well as color, saying that he wanted to create pictures more “solid” than his Impressionist brethren were achieving.An art lover’s Impressionist video trip to Provence and the Riviera|Nancy Nathan|February 5, 2021|Washington Post
Dry cleaning materials could damage the upholstery and affect the comfort level, and aside from dabbing it with mild soap and water and letting it air dry completely to remove stains, vacuuming is the only recommended form of cleaning.Best memory foam mattress: Sleep better on one of these picks|PopSci Commerce Team|January 25, 2021|Popular-Science
Brits lost a dab of tax revenue and some pride, but at this point the country’s financial district is well intact.London lost a chunk of European stock trading this week. What will it lose next?|John Detrixhe|January 9, 2021|Quartz
Mitsubishi Cement Company wants to build a new warehouse and hauling facility along the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal, which is smack dab in the middle of one of the environmental justice zones established under a 2017 state law.Morning Report: Real Estate Deals Dogged Faulconer’s Tenure|Voice of San Diego|December 10, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Carol Chapin, vice president of research and development for Simple Green, which makes cleaning solutions, suggested wetting a cotton ball with acetone nail polish remover and dabbing that on the pitch to soften and remove it.Need to remove sap from asphalt? Get out the hand sanitizer.|Jeanne Huber|November 30, 2020|Washington Post
On the first day of shooting, Kallai and his film crew found themselves smack-dab in the middle of a war zone.
Dab says the truth—however frightening it may be—ultimately will keep people calm.
Now, they are smack dab in the middle of a GOP primary in Mississippi.
The first U.S. case of MERS landed in Indiana—smack-dab in the heartland.Is Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) the Next SARS?|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD, Tej Azad|May 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Recently, at a pot-centered radio program, someone offered me a “dab” of butane honey oil (BHO)—a concentrated form of cannabis.Hey Buddy, Wanna Dab? Inside The Mainstream Explosion of Cannabis Concentrates|Valerie Vande Panne|December 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I had nearly a whole bag of cement left over from my dab at orchard renovation, and there were plenty of packing-boxes.The Idyl of Twin Fires|Walter Prichard Eaton
I took out the plug and shook out the little dab of quicksilver, and set my teeth in.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
On one cheek he had a dab of jelly and his hand and shirt front were covered with broth.The Rover Boys on the Farm|Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
“I dab fuss,” cried Pompey, and he swam on to soon reach one of the boughs, and turn round to wait for me.Mass' George|George Manville Fenn
Captain Wass showed a resolve to quit pecking at the edges and make a dab at the center of the subject.Blow The Man Down|Holman Day