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"dribble" in British English

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dribbleverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈdrɪb.l̩/
to (​cause a ​liquid to) ​flow very ​slowly in ​smallamounts: The ​water was ​barely dribbling out of the ​tap.UK Dribble the ​remainingoliveoil over the ​tomatoes.
UK to have ​liquidslowly coming out of ​yourmouth: Babies dribble ​constantly.
dribbler
noun [C] uk   /r/  us   //
He's a good dribbler.
dribbling
noun [U] uk   us   /-ɪŋ/

dribblenoun

uk   us   /ˈdrɪb.l̩/
  • dribble noun (FROM MOUTH)

[C or U] UK liquid that comes out of ​yourmouth: There was dribble all over her ​chin. a dribble of ​saliva
  • dribble noun (SLOW FLOW)

[C or U] a very ​slowflow of a ​liquid: The ​flow of ​water was ​reduced to a dribble.
(Definition of dribble from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"dribble" in American English

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dribbleverb

 us   /ˈdrɪb·əl/
  • dribble verb (MOVE SLOWLY)

[I] to move or ​happenslowly in ​smallamounts or a few at a ​time: Customers dribbled in and out all ​day. [I] When a ​liquid dribbles, it ​escapesslowly in ​smalldrops: Juice dribbled down the baby’s ​chin.
  • dribble verb (MOVE BALL)

[I/T] in ​basketball, to move a ​ball by using ​yourhand to ​bounce it against the ​ground, or in ​soccer by ​kicking it ​repeatedly

dribblenoun [C]

 us   /ˈdrɪb·əl/
  • dribble noun [C] (SMALL FLOW)

a ​smallflow, esp. of ​liquid: Water ​leaked from the ​tank in dribbles.
  • dribble noun [C] (MOVING A BALL)

in ​basketball or ​soccer, the ​act of ​moving a ​ball by ​bouncing or ​kicking it: He took one dribble and then ​passed the ​ball.
(Definition of dribble from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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