dole out

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Related to dole out: awaited, scrutinised, overhyped
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Verb1.dole out - administer or bestow, as in small portionsdole out - administer or bestow, as in small portions; "administer critical remarks to everyone present"; "dole out some money"; "shell out pocket money for the children"; "deal a blow to someone"; "the machine dispenses soft drinks"
give - transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody; "I gave her my money"; "can you give me lessons?"; "She gave the children lots of love and tender loving care"
allot, portion, assign - give out; "We were assigned new uniforms"
reallot - allot again; "They were realloted additional farm land"
deal - distribute cards to the players in a game; "Who's dealing?"
apply, give - give or convey physically; "She gave him First Aid"; "I gave him a punch in the nose"


1. Assistance, especially money, food, and other necessities, given to the needy or dispossessed:
2. That which is allotted:
Informal: cut.
Slang: divvy.
phrasal verb
dole out
To give out in portions or shares:
Slang: divvy.

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References in classic literature ?
Such assistance as I have prevailed upon her to accept, I have been obliged, at her own earnest request, to dole out in the smallest portions, lest he, finding how easily money was procured, should squander it even more lightly than he is accustomed to do.
There are no grim door-keepers to dole out their tardy civility by the sixpenny-worth; nor is there, I sincerely believe, any insolence of office of any kind.
Think over any advice, answers or remarks you dole out to her before they leave your lips.