dribs and drabs

plural noun

informal
: small amounts that come or happen over a period of time
They received donations in dribs and drabs.

Examples of dribs and drabs in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Originally scheduled to emerge in dribs and drabs through the week and weekend, Biden’s sit-down with George Stephanopoulos will now air in its entirety in an ABC primetime special on Friday. Dominic Patten, Deadline, 3 July 2024 If so, is there a reason the court releases them in dribs and drabs (only a few a day)? Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post, 26 June 2024 Any enthusiasm for a trilogy-capper was quickly squashed, though details about the project emerged in dribs and drabs over the years. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 22 June 2024 Over the last three months, in dribs and drabs, the Finance Ministry has systematically rolled back nearly all of these controversial proposals. Milan Vaishnav, Foreign Affairs, 4 Nov. 2019 But the rules states needed to know in order to make that decision and others came out in dribs and drabs, and weren’t totally finalized until the very month that the federal marketplace launched. Jennifer Pahlka, Time, 27 June 2023 But the guests tended to appear in dribs and drabs, or only briefly, or (in the case of Doja Cat, who digitally flirted with Dave but never met him IRL) didn’t appear on-screen with them at all. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 1 June 2023 After portions of it were predictably announced and leaked in dribs and drabs over the preceding days, the NFL's 2023 regular-season schedule and all 272 of its games were formally revealed Thursday night. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 12 May 2023 In dribs and drabs over the next 16 years, a remarkable pattern emerged — a Humpty Dumpty story with a happier ending. Tom Mashberg, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2023

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