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Dole out   /doʊl aʊt/   Listen
Dole out

Administer or bestow, as in small portions.  Synonyms: administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out.  "Dole out some money" , "Shell out pocket money for the children" , "Deal a blow to someone" , "The machine dispenses soft drinks"

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"Dole out" Quotes from Famous Books

... a brimming glass, our praise shall then be ample, But don't dole out too small a sample; For if I'm to judge and criticize, I need a good ...
— Faust • Goethe

... articles you might turn to some account. Were you to let the beggars have them, why they will, first of all, be none the better for them; and, next, it will contrariwise be tantamount to throwing them away! If you want to distribute anything among the poor, why don't you dole out cash ...
— Hung Lou Meng, Book II • Cao Xueqin

... went on, "we are very poor—absolutely poor, Mr. Wingfold—so poor that I may not even refuse the trifling annuity my late congregation will dole out ...
— Paul Faber, Surgeon • George MacDonald

... forks, and spoons. Consequently they eat their food entirely with their fingers. It seems offensive enough to Westerners. It has often taken away the writer's appetite as he has feasted with them, to have the cook dole out his rice to him with his bare hands! They eat entirely with their right hand, and never touch the food with the left, reserving that ...
— India, Its Life and Thought • John P. Jones

... rich-women who have to manage their property. I can't speak for the poor women; but I can speak for the rich, and I can confess for them that what you imagine is true. The taint of unfaith and distrust is on every dollar that you dole out, so that, as far as the charity of the rich is ...
— Through the Eye of the Needle - A Romance • W. D. Howells

... embrace the too prevalent and most dangerous idea that charity is a bribe from the rich to keep the poor quiet. There is not a little feeling nowadays that philanthropy is encouraging socialism. The poor echo incendiary orators in saying that the rich dole out a little of what they know to belong to the poor so that they may be allowed to keep the rest unmolested. I believe that this feeling is a menace to the State, and that philanthropy which nourishes such a belief is working hand in ...
— The Puritans • Arlo Bates

Words linked to "Dole out" :   assign, reallot, apply, give, portion

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