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Definition of the verb dole out
What does dole out mean as a doing phrase?
- administer or bestow, as in small portions
- example: dole out some money
- lexical domain: Possession - verbs of buying, selling, owning
- synonyms of dole out: administer / allot / deal / deal out / dish out / dispense / distribute / lot / mete out / parcel out / shell out
- more generic word: give = transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
- more specific words:
Alternative definition of the verb dole out
- [idiomatic, transitive] To distribute
- [transitive] to generate
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by Louisa Pansegrouw
sad, sorrowful, unhappy, woeful doleful complaint jeremiad, lamentation doleful sound knell dole out administer, allot, apportion, distribute, issue, ration dole out grudgingly scant do little work lazy dollar buck dollar division cent doll- like cute ...
by Seth Godin, Lark Productions LLC, Seth Godin Productions
do, manage, mickle, muckle, plenty, set out; 7 address, bargain, carry on, conduct , contend, deal out, dish out, divvy up, dole out, grapple, make out, marshal, mete out, tidy sum; 8 carry out, consider, dispense, good deal, shell out, softwood, ...
by Robert E. Weir
Political machines generally control some patronage jobs, which they dole out ...
by Martin H. Manser, Turton, Nigel D. Turton
vb also dole out hand or share out; apportion. • n (informal} unemployment benefit paid by the State: on the dole < Old English dal portion. doleful Cdaolfol) adj gloomy; mournful. dolefully adv ...
by Dennis G. Fowler
to dole out, as food rations (p). Wezo mukaintu owakuseseka maila, wakanka kusokomona maila akwe, osibiya, ibwe (s) That woman, who had ...
Including Atlas of the World and Cyclopedia of Names
dole out allowances of food, orig. of any alms, K L. pieta(t-)s, piety, pity, mercy: see piety, pity. Cf. ML.
The Century dictionary (1914)
an encyclopedic lexicon of the English language by William Dwight Whitney, Benjamin Eli Smith
dole out allowances of ...
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