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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theydab off
he/she/itdabs off
present participledabbing off
past tensedabbed off
past participledabbed off
  1. to remove something from a surface by gently touching it several times with something such as a piece of cloth

    He put his handkerchief to his face and dabbed off a tear.

    dab something off someone/something:

    'This won't take long,' said the nurse, dabbing the blood off his arm.

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