a little dab'll do ya

a little dab'll do ya

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a little dab will do you

AMERICAN, INFORMAL
People say a little dab'll do ya or a little dab will do you to mean that a small amount of something is enough. The thing to remember about cooking with shrimp paste is that a little dab will do ya. Note: This expression was originally an advertising slogan for hair cream in the 1960s.
See also: little, YA
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The early advertising slogan - A Little Dab'll Do Ya - was on everyone's lips and survived the test of time.
The lyrics to their jingle, which I suspect was mainly used in the United States, were: "Brylcreem, a little dab'll do ya.