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trickle

verb [I] uk   /ˈtrɪk.l̩/ us  

trickle verb [I] (LIQUID)

trickle down, from, out of, etc. sth If liquid trickles somewhere, it flows slowly and without force in a thin line: Blood trickled out of the corner of his mouth. Oil was trickling from a tiny hole in the tank.

trickle verb [I] (SMALL NUMBER)

trickle in, out, back, etc. to arrive or move somewhere slowly and gradually, in small numbers: Gradually people trickled back into the theatre for the second half.

trickle

noun uk   /ˈtrɪk.l̩/ us  

trickle noun (SMALL NUMBER)

[S] a very small number of people or things arriving or leaving somewhere: We usually only get a trickle of customers in the shop in the mornings.

trickle noun (LIQUID)

[C] a small amount of liquid that is flowing slowly in a thin line: A trickle of melted butter made its way down his chin.
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