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dab

verb [I or T] uk   /dæb/ (-bb-) us  
to touch something with quick light touches, or to put a substance on something with quick light touches: She dabbed at her eyes with a tissue. She dabbed a little perfume behind her ears.

dab

noun [C] uk   /dæb/ us  
a small amount of a substance, or a light touch: Can't you just put a dab of paint over the mark and cover it up? I'll give that stain a quick dab with a wet cloth.
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