Origin of drip-feed

1905–10, for earlier sense
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British Dictionary definitions for drip feed


  1. another name for drip (def. 6)
verb drip feed (tr)
  1. to administer a solution (to someone) by means of a drip-feed
  2. to supply information constantly but in small amounts
  3. informal to fund (a new company) in stages rather than by injecting a large sum at its inception
  1. a constant supply of small amounts of information
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drip feed in Medicine

drip feed

  1. Administration of blood, plasma, saline, or sugar solutions, usually intravenously, a drop at a time.
  2. The device or tubes by which such a substance is administered.
  3. The substance administered in this manner.
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