Drips and Drabs ( or ) Dribs and Drabs

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Drips and Drabs ( or ) Dribs and Drabs :

Something doled out in miserly amounts is provided in “dribs and drabs."

A drib is a smaller relative of a dribble.

Nobody seems to be sure what a drab is in this sense, except that it's a tiny bit larger than a drib.

Since the origin of the phrase is obscure, people try to substitute a more familiar word for the unusual word “drib" by writing “drips and drabs."

But that's not the traditional formula.

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