- She turned her back on him and hastily dabbed her eyes. - "The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories", Ethel M. Dell.
- " I think he will, then," contradicted Jenny as she dabbed her nose with the powder- puff. - "Carnival", Compton Mackenzie.
- She paused and hastily dabbed at her eyes with her handkerchief. - "Kent Knowles: Quahaug", Joseph C. Lincoln.