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Definition of the verb dole out

What does dole out mean as a doing phrase?


  1. administer or bestow, as in small portions

Alternative definition of the verb dole out


  1. [idiomatic, transitive] To distribute
  2. [transitive] to generate

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for dole out

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Google previewPansegrouw's Crossword Dictionary (1994)

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 ...

Google previewSimon & Schuster Super Crossword Puzzle Dictionary And Reference Book (1999)

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, ...

Google previewWorkers in America: A Historical Encyclopedia [2 volumes] (2013)

by Robert E. Weir

Political machines generally control some patronage jobs, which they dole out ...

Google previewAdvanced Learners' Dictionary (1998)

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 ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Ila Usage, 1860-1960 (2000)

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 ...

Google previewCentury Dictionary and Cyclopedia (1906)

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.

Google previewThe 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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