dole out

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Related to dole out: awaited, scrutinised, overhyped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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"
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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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w>dole out

vt sepausteilen, verteilen
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Think over any advice, answers or remarks you dole out to her before they leave your lips.
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Do yourself a favor, and don't dole out advice unless you're asked.
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'This is more sustainable than dole outs,' Dar said during the launch.
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Artists, he said, can always produce and don't necessarily need dole outs from government.
It is an open secret that some applicants grease certain palms with handsome dole outs, and once in office, they have to recoup their losses.
de Lima Saturday allayed fears that the new law institutionalizing the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) would make its intended beneficiaries overly-reliant on government's cash dole outs.
Deeply in debt and embroiled in mismanagement and misappropriation of its drastically dwindled resources, it is heavily dependent on government dole outs.