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you can dish it out, but you can't take it

You can voice harsh thoughts, criticisms, or insults toward others, but you do not like when someone else does the same to you. You were all over your sister about her eating habits, but you start pouting when I point out that you had a cupcake for dinner last night! What, you can dish it out, but you can't take it?
See also: but, can, dish, take

dish on someone

Sl. to gossip about or slander someone. Stop dishing on her. She never hurt you! They spent an hour dishing on Wally.
See also: dish, on

dish something out

 
1. Lit. to serve up food to people. I'll dish it out, and you take it to the table. Careful how you dish out the mashed potatoes. There may not be enough.
2. Fig. to distribute information, news, etc. The press secretaries were dishing reports out as fast as they could write them. The company dishes out propaganda on a regular basis.
3. Fig. to give out trouble, scoldings, criticism, etc. The boss was dishing criticism out this morning, and I really got it. The teacher dished out a scolding to each one who was involved in the prank.
See also: dish, out

dish the dirt

Sl. to spread gossip; to gossip. Let's sit down, have a drink, and dish the dirt. David goes down to the tavern to dish the dirt.
See also: dirt, dish

do the dishes

to wash the dishes; to wash and dry the dishes, knives, forks, glasses, etc., after a meal. Bill, you cannot go out and play until you've done the dishes. Why am I always the one who has to do the dishes?
See also: dish

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

Prov. It is very satisfying to get revenge a long time after the event for which you want revenge. I don't mind waiting to get revenge on Greg; I'll wait ten years if I have to. Revenge is a dish best served cold.
See also: cold, dish, revenge, serve

dish the dirt (on somebody/something)

to talk about other people without worrying about being truthful E-mail us and dish the dirt on anyone – husbands, kids, whoever. Did you know that now astronauts can dish the dirt from space?
Related vocabulary: dish out something
Etymology: based on the phrase dish out food (to serve food ) and dirt (negative information about a person)
See also: dirt, dish

dish out something

to give something too freely and in large amounts The mayor was famous for dishing out political favors to his pals.
Usage notes: often it is criticism or unfriendly remarks that are dished out: She dished out insults as easily as some of us dish out praise. sometimes appears as the full expression you can dish it out but you can't take it (you can give criticism freely but you cannot deal with it yourself): I try not to argue with him because I know he can dish it out but he can't take it.
Related vocabulary: dish the dirt (on somebody/something)
Etymology: based on the literal meaning of dish out food (to serve food)
See also: dish, out

dish the dirt

  (informal)
to tell people unpleasant or shocking personal information about someone (often + on ) Shauna agreed to dish the dirt on her millionaire ex-lover for a fee of £5,000. Some journalists just enjoy dishing the dirt.
See also: dirt, dish

dish out

1. Deal out, dispense, as in He dishes out advice to one and all. This expression alludes to serving food from a dish. ] Colloquial; first half of 1600s]
2. dish it out. Dispense abuse or punishment, as in He can dish it out with the best of them, but he can't take it. [Slang; c. 1930]
See also: dish, out

dish the dirt

Spread gossip or scandal, as in Sally was notorious for dishing the dirt. [Slang; 1920s]
See also: dirt, dish

do the dishes

Wash the plates, glasses, and silverware used at a meal. For example, If you walk the dog, I'll do the dishes.
See also: dish

dish out

v.
1. To distribute some food from a container: The hosts dished out lots of steaming vegetables to the dinner guests. Could you dish the soup out while I pour the drinks?
2. To distribute something: The company dished out some $10 million in bribes. We made copies of our performance and dished them out to our friends.
See also: dish, out

dish

1. n. a good-looking woman. Now there’s a good-looking dish.
2. tv. to criticize someone or something; to spread gossip about someone or something. (see also dis(s).) The critics all dished the opening of the play mercilessly.

dish something out

1. tv. to serve up food to people. (Standard English.) I’ll dish it out, and you take it to the table.
2. tv. to distribute information, news, etc. The press secretaries were dishing reports out as fast as they could write them.
3. tv. to give out trouble, scoldings, criticism, etc. The boss was dishing criticism out this morning, and I really got it.
See also: dish, out

dish the dirt

tv. to spread gossip; to gossip. Let’s sit down, have a drink, and dish the dirt.
See also: dirt, dish

dish it out

Slang
To deal out criticism or abuse.
See also: dish, out
References in classic literature ?
When their hostess saw this, she laughed aloud; so did her four damsels; so did the two and twenty serving men that bore the dishes, and their two and twenty fellows that poured out the wine.
Anne washed the dishes deftly enough, as Marilla who kept a sharp eye on the process, discerned.
Laura Lean Jibbey, peanut brittle, a little almond cream on the neck muscles, dishes unwashed, half an hour's talk with the iceman, reading a package of old letters, a couple of pickles and two bottles of malt extract, one hour peeking through a hole in the window shade into the flat across the air-shaft--that's about all there is to it.
Rather than the customary, end-of-year 10 best, I prefer to spread the glory around somewhat and pick the 20 best dishes of the year.
DISH Network retailers also offer a convenient HDTV equipment package, which includes the Model 6000 satellite TV receiver and two satellite dishes for $699.
Choosing the best dishes of the year only from restaurants reviewed during 2005 might seem limiting, but it allows newcomers a touch of additional, deserved spotlight.
DISH Latino is available on EchoStar's new DISH 500 satellite dish system or by pointing two satellite dishes at EchoStar's satellites located at 110 and 119 degrees West Longitude.
Choosing the best dishes of the year only from those restaurants reviewed during the past 12 months may seem limiting, but it allows newcomers a touch of additional, deserved spotlight.
To come up with the best 20 dishes of 2004 from well over 1,000 experienced in restaurants during the course of the year isn't particularly easy.
Picking the Top 20 dishes of the year didn't seem as easy for 2003.
Consequently, many of the best plates experienced at the restaurants reviewed on these pages during the last 12 months have been excellent renditions of items we already know about, dishes - even sandwiches - that can be found elsewhere, but lack certain touches.
This is so often the case with restaurant meals, that one dish turns out head and shoulders above the rest, that this scenario has now become my annual Top Dishes of the Year project.
Looking over the hundreds of dishes tried the past year and mentioned in my weekly restaurant reviews, there are 20 that jog the memory enough to warrant ``best of the year'' status.
In looking back over the year, my selection of the best dishes of 1998 (strictly from review visits) does not mean they were served at the best restaurants of the year.
Before you start to prepare the caramel, have the souffle dish or dishes next to the stove.