- But a scaly tail, of a dolphin's growth, In the dabbling brine did soak: At last she opened her pearly mouth, Like an oyster, and thus she spoke: " You crimpt my father, who was a skate,- And my sister you sold- a maid; So here remain for a fish'ry fate, For lost you are, and betrayed!" - "The Poetical Works of Thomas Hood", Thomas Hood.
- I am dabbling in Wall street. - "Castle Craneycrow", George Barr McCutcheon.
- An overturned tallow- dip dropped in a pool of wine and rolled down against the dead man's cheek, dabbling it with the color which would never return to it again. - "Down the Mother Lode", Vivia Hemphill.