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 Da Capo or D.C.Dab, Din, 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Clever, skilled, as “a dabhand at it”; a corrupt contraction of the Latin adeptus (an adept). “Dabster” is another form. Apt is a related word.
“An Eton stripling, training for the law,
A dunce at learning, but a dab at law [marbles].”
Anon.: Logic: or, The Biter Bit

 Da Capo or D.C.Dab, Din, 


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