a mixture of tallow and oil used in dressing leather.
- Also dubbing.
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How to use dubbin in a sentence
We don't polish steel, but there is a wonderful lot of hard work in rubbing dubbin into all the leather.In the Ranks of the C.I.V. | Erskine Childers
The final process was to give the field shoe a thorough coat of waterproof dubbin.America's Munitions 1917-1918 | Benedict Crowell
I love the smell of the leather and the sight of all those sharp little knives, and the black, shiny 'dubbin,' do you call it?Young Lives | Richard Le Gallienne
I only 'ad a little wound in me 'and, an' I used ter plug it wi' dubbin' an' boot-polish ter keep it raw.Combed Out | Fritz August Voigt
The dubbin is brushed thickly on to the flesh side of the sammed leather, which is then hung up to dry.Animal Proteins | Hugh Garner Bennett
British Dictionary definitions for dubbin
British a greasy mixture of tallow and oil applied to leather to soften it and make it waterproof
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