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Mete out   /mit aʊt/   Listen
Mete out

Administer or bestow, as in small portions.  Synonyms: administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole out, lot, 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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"Mete out" Quotes from Famous Books

... Helen, stop crying, tears are most irritating to me, and do no good to any one. I am glad I arrived at this emergency. Matters have indeed come to a pretty crisis. In your father's absence, I distinctly declare that I take the rule of my poor sister's orphans, and I shall myself mete out the punishment for the glaring act of rebellion that I have just witnessed. Polly remains in her room, and has a bread and water diet until Monday. The other children have bread and water for breakfast in the morning, and go to bed two hours before their usual ...
— Polly - A New-Fashioned Girl • L. T. Meade

... taken and had his head struck off. This head Severus sent to Byzantium and caused to be reared on a cross, that the sight of it might incline the Byzantines to his cause. The next move of Severus was to mete out justice to those who had belonged to Niger's party. [Of the cities and individuals he chastised some and rewarded others. He executed no Roman senator, but deprived most of them of their property and confined them on islands. He was merciless in his search for money. Among other ...
— Dio's Rome, Volume V., Books 61-76 (A.D. 54-211) • Cassius Dio

... with justice to mete out punishment in any individual case, for probably the same degree of guilt does not attach to two men in the violation of ...
— Quotes and Images From The Works of Charles Dudley Warner • Charles Dudley Warner

... not wish to press upon any one in misfortune; I only complain, in the first place, that the return of those men has had discredit thrown upon it, whose cause Caesar judged to be different from that of the rest; and in the second place, I do not know why you do not mete out the same measure to all. For there can not be more than three or four left. Why do not they who are in similar misfortune enjoy a similar degree of your mercy? Why do you treat them as you treated your uncle? about whom you ...
— The Orations of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Volume 4 • Cicero

... a shrewd man, saw at once that the monk was not only more knowing than he, but had actually seen what he had done; nor, conscience-stricken himself, could he for shame mete out to the monk a measure which he himself merited. So pardon given, with an injunction to bury what had been seen in silence, they decently conveyed the young girl out of the monastery, whither, it is to be believed, they now and again ...
— The Decameron, Volume I • Giovanni Boccaccio

... a noble people are devastated by fire and pillage, when their women are violated by a brutal soldiery, should that people mete out the ...
— The Oaths, Signs, Ceremonies and Objects of the Ku-Klux-Klan. - A Full Expose. By A Late Member • Anonymous

... When God does mete out punishment here on earth, He does so with an overflowing measure. This devoted mother did not even evince anxiety as to the welfare of her son, for whose sake she had made so many blunders, ...
— From One Generation to Another • Henry Seton Merriman

... lord Seti who shall be Pharaoh, until the end of your lives. Refuse, and I will stir up the people against you, and before ever the Prince returns, if he returns at all, they who believe you to be an evil sorceress shall mete out to you the ...
— Moon of Israel • H. Rider Haggard

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

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