dob
Pronunciation Verb

dob (dobs, present participle dobbing; past and past participle dobbed)

  1. (slang, chiefly, Australia and UK) To report (a person) to someone in authority for a wrongdoing.
    I’ll dob on you if you break in.
    You dobbed me in!I never did!
    • 1983, James Macpherson, The Feral Classroom, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=UfQ9AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA107&dq=%22dobs%7Cdobbed%7Cdobbing%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=iKS7TpHOKImYmQW_s93xBw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22dobs%7Cdobbed%7Cdobbing%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 107],
      Students often claimed that an act of informing was just ‘dobbing as a joke’ and therefore ‘not really dobbing’.
    • 1998, Supreme Court of Victoria, Council of Law Reporting in Victoria, Victorian Reports, Volume 4, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=ceY_AQAAIAAJ&q=%22dobs%7Cdobbed%7Cdobbing%22+-intitle:%22%22&dq=%22dobs%7Cdobbed%7Cdobbing%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=7sK7TrPeEqXXmAXxx6iZCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y page 372],
      The deceased “dobbed” him in about drugs to police on two occasions. This resulted in police seizing some of his drugs. She “dobbed” him in because he would not give her amphetamines. He may have told people that she “dobbed” him in.
    • 2006, Ian Findley, Shared Responsibility: Beating Bullying in Australian Schools, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=qUfKVtVIR3cC&pg=PA67&dq=%22dobs%7Cdobbed%7Cdobbing%22+-intitle:%22%22&hl=en&ei=QsC7TqiZEuqimQXuuLSJCA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22dobs%7Cdobbed%7Cdobbing%22%20-intitle%3A%22%22&f=false page 67],
      Alex was concerned that if others thought he had dobbed, things would get even worse for him. Dobbing was the worst thing a student could do.
  2. (slang, chiefly, Australia) To do one's share; to contribute.
    We all dobbed in for a gift when he retired.
    • 1968, Louise Elizabeth Rorabacher, Aliens in Their Land: The Aborigine in the Australian Short Story, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=S_QmAAAAMAAJ&q=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&dq=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2LhAT7yqIe_JmQXc4vmvBw&redir_esc=y page 80],
      He′d never take payment in cash for tracking, but when they dobbed in for presentations such as the fridge he accepted them shyly, abashedly, […] .
    • 1976, Margaret Paice, Colour in the Creek, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=A86OtWdt2pIC&q=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&dq=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2LhAT7yqIe_JmQXc4vmvBw&redir_esc=y page 53],
      The miners had all dobbed in to buy a few bottles of beer which they left in the creek overnight to cool.
  3. (slang, chiefly, Australia) To nominate a person, often in their absence, for an unpleasant task.
    I arrived just after the meeting had started and found myself dobbed in to take the minutes.
    • 1977, University of British Columbia, Canadian Literature, Issues 74-77, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=fjUzAAAAIAAJ&q=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&dq=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=2LhAT7yqIe_JmQXc4vmvBw&redir_esc=y page 108],
      Writing reviews reminds me of the time I got dobbed in to be the judge at the Poochera sheep dog trials. It′s easy they said, sinking beers in the shade of the lean-to, just watch the dog.
    • 2001, Kerreen M. Reiger, Sheila Kitzinger, Our Bodies, Our Babies: The Forgotten Women's Movement, [http://books.google.com.au/books?id=ggbbAAAAMAAJ&q=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&dq=%22dobbing|dobbed+in+for|to%22+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22dobbing%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=xsNAT83EKMXAmQWanbXWBw&redir_esc=y page 153],
      Those who moved into organisational roles sometimes did it unwittingly, even unwillingly, as they were ‘dobbed’ in for tasks, succeeded and so it went on.
  4. (slang, Northern Ireland) To play truant
Synonyms Noun

dob (plural dobs)

  1. A small amount of something, especially paste.
    Put a dob of butter on the potato, please.
    • 1903, Rudyard Kipling, The Tabu Tale, in Just So Stories (in the U.S. Scribner edition, but omitted from most British editions),
      ‘Consequence will be, O Tegumai,’ said the Head Chief, ‘that we will make them understand it with sticks and stinging-nettles and dobs of mud; and if that doesn't teach them, we'll draw fine, freehand Tribal patterns on their backs with the cutty edges of mussel-shells. […] ’
Related terms Noun
  1. Initialism of date of birth
Verb

dob (dobs, present participle dobbing; past and past participle dobbed)

  1. (intransitive, sometimes, humorous) In the scouting movement, to chant dob to indicate that one will do one's best to follow the scouting laws.
    • 2009, Clive James, Unreliable Memoirs (page 54)
      I used to get through the dibbing and dobbing all right but during the howling I usually rolled over backwards.

DOB
Noun

dob (plural dobs)

  1. Initialism of date of birth
Proper noun
  1. Initialism of Daughters of Bilitis The first organized and successful lesbian liberation organization in the United States.



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