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be on the dole

To be or begin receiving assistance, financial or otherwise, from publicly or privately funded agencies (usually run by the government) due to a certain level of hardship, poverty, or need. It was really disheartening having to be on the dole these past six months, but it was the only thing that kept our family afloat after I lost my job. Some people are very critical of those who have been on the dole for extended periods of time.
See also: dole, on

go on the dole

To begin receiving assistance, financial or otherwise, from publicly or privately funded agencies (usually run by the government) due to a certain level of hardship, poverty, or need. It was really disheartening having to go on the dole these past six months, but it was the only thing that kept our family afloat after I lost my job. Some people are very critical of those who have gone on the dole for extended periods of time.
See also: dole, on

dole something out

(to someone ) to distribute something to someone. The cook doled the oatmeal out to each camper who held out a bowl. Please dole out the candy bars, one to a customer. She doled it out fairly.
See also: dole, out

on the dole

receiving welfare money. I spent six months on the dole, and believe me, it's no picnic.
See also: dole, on

on relief

Also, on welfare; on the dole. Receiving public financial assistance, as in Half the people in this town are on relief, or Don hated the idea of going on welfare. The first two terms originated in the United States in the 1930s, when government assistance of this kind was first instituted. On the dole, used mainly in Britain but occasionally in America, dates from the 1920s, although the use of dole for a charitable gift dates from about 1200.
See also: on, relief

dole out

v.
To distribute something: The government doles out cheese to the needy. The teacher doled pencils out to the students.
See also: dole, out

on the dole

Receiving regular relief payments from or as if from the government.
See also: dole, on

on relief

Receiving public assistance because of need or poverty.
See also: on, relief
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Without real sleep for nearly 24 hours, Dole drummed at Clinton's ethics again outside Philadelphia with Powell, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
After attending a Methodist church service, Dole began his day at a get-out-the-vote phone bank here.
Marler is also representing a Wisconsin family that claims its two children were sickened by Dole spinach.
Bob Dole was wounded on a hill about a mile may from mine," said Inouye.
Despite the best efforts of the White House Project, a nonpartisan New York-based group that is seeking to create a favorable climate for women to seek the Presidency, no one but Dole is giving it a try.
Dole is generally popular among evangelical and Christian right voters.
In New Hampshire, for example, exit polls found that Bob Dole was supported by roughly 40% of the voters over 60 years old - but one-fourth of the group voted for Buchanan and 19% voted for Alexander.
Is Dole the Gingrich-believer he now claims to be, or the man who made this joke: "You hear Gingrich's staff has these five file cabinets, four big ones and one little tiny one.
The Dole campaign said it had accepted the contribution by mistake, but it turns out the campaign had aggressively solicited contributions from the Log Cabin Republicans in the first place.
Back in January, Time noted that, while Dole only exploited his war wounds after he began losing his quest for the Republican nomination in 1988, "now he's practically flaunting them.
During the Palestinian intifada, Dole had criticized Israel as a government that routinely murdered children.
Thus Dole should be automatically preferable to the chronically callow Clinton, and if we can't have Dole, someone should defrost Den Xiaoping.
Elizabeth Dole, the first woman to be taken seriously as a candidate for her party's presidential nomination, dropped out of the race on Wednesday, saying she could not raise enough money to compete with the personal fortune of one Republican rival and the political heritage of another.
Dole tried to persuade us that fellow Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger's splattorama, True Lies, was a "family-friendly" film, while Natural Born Killers and most rap music are the aforementioned "nightmares of depravity" glutting the nation.
She's progressive at the core'--a former aide to Elizabeth Dole, quoted in Fortune.