from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun An application of tallow and oil for dressing leather.
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- noun A mixture of
tallowand oilused to soften leather, and make it waterproof.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun tallow mixed with oil; used to make leather soft and waterproof
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
I only 'ad a little wound in me' and, an 'I used ter plug it wi' dubbin 'an' boot-polish ter keep it raw.
Combed Out Frederick Augustus Voigt 1924
Your tent boy will grease these every day with "dubbin," of which you want a good supply.
The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White 1909
Oh, and dubbin, i hear from koreans that the best korean is out by me in the far reaches of eastern Queens. i am investigating further; more to come.
The top brass had taken the view that the new buckled combat boots recently issued to soldiers would suffice for winter once treated with dubbin, but Hall now had conclusive evidence, if further evidence were needed, that even in the wet grass this was not the case.
The Black Angel John Connolly 2005
One day, goin 'to his bunk, he found it all topsyversy, hair powder on his pillow, dubbin in his shavin' cup, salt pork wropt up in his dressin 'gown.
In Clive's Command A Story of the Fight for India Herbert Strang
A constant dread to Tommy when he has forgotten to polish his buttons or dubbin his boots.
Over the Top Arthur Guy Empey 1923
The biscuits and jam and chocolate lay spread on the edge of my "hole," and the canteen of tea-water over my boot-dubbin fire steadily refused to boil.
Folk ask me, whiles, hoo it comes that I dwell still sae far frae the centre o 'the world -- as they've a way o' dubbin London!
Between You and Me Harry Lauder 1910
You've been dubbin 'along, tryin' t 'play the way the law tells you to.
The Trail of the White Mule B. M. Bower 1905
I've seen that dubbin boiling on the beach; there's tallow in it, and tar and resin as well.
Wanderers Knut Hamsun 1905