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dab         

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      vb   , dabs, dabbing, dabbed  
1    to touch lightly and quickly  
2    tr   to daub with short tapping strokes  
to dab the wall with paint     
3    tr   to apply (paint, cream, etc.) with short tapping strokes  
      n  
4    a small amount, esp. of something soft or moist  
a dab of ink     
5    a small light stroke or tap, as with the hand  
6    often pl     (Chiefly Brit)      a slang word for       fingerprint  
     (C14: of imitative origin)  
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dab          [2]  
      n  
1    a small common European brown flatfish, Limanda limanda, covered with rough toothed scales: family Pleuronectidae: a food fish  
2    often pl   any of various other small flatfish, esp. flounders,   (Compare)        sand dab  
     (C15: from Anglo-French dabbe, of uncertain origin)  

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dab          [3]  
      n     (Brit)  
informal      See       dab hand  
     (C17: perhaps from dab1 (vb))  

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dab

  

      vb  
1    blot, daub, pat, stipple, swab, tap, touch, wipe  
      n  
2    bit, dollop     (informal)   drop, fleck, pat, smidgen or smidgin     (informal, chiefly U.S. & Canad.)   smudge, speck, spot  
3    flick, pat, peck, smudge, stroke, tap, touch  


dab hand     
ace     (informal)   adept, buff     (informal)   dabster     (dialect)   expert, hotshot     (informal)   maven     (U.S.)   past master, whizz     (informal)   wizard  

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dab hand, sand dab, daub, doab

! smack dab exp.
To position ones self, or an object like your rusty old car, in a place that is not only open and clearly visible to all, it is unavoidably in just about everyone's way.
[Slang] "You can't miss him, he's over there, parked in his POS Volvo, smack dab in the middle of the road!" source : Urban Dictionary

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