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ration something out (among someone)

to give people limited shares of something, attempting to make it last as long as possible. The captain rationed the water out among all the crew, trying to make it last as long as possible. Jane rationed out the cookies among the kids.
See also: out, ration

come up (or be given) with the rations

(of a medal) be awarded automatically and without regard to merit. military slang
See also: come, ration, up

ration out

To distribute a fixed portion of something, especially food that is allotted to persons in military service or to civilians in times of scarcity: The government rationed out flour and sugar during the war. The hikers had very little water and had to ration it out carefully.
See also: out, ration
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Besides dropping the ration bags through helicopters, the relief operation in the towns and villages where the communication facility is available is being carried out with full swing, the spokesman said and added that medical and paramedical staff of Army including lady doctors also busy in providing medical aid to drought hit people of Tharparkar.
Thirty- two lakh existing ration cardholders from Antyodaya Anna Yojana ( Y), Below Poverty Line ( BPL), Jhuggi Ration Card ( JRC) and Resettlement Colony Ration Card ( RCRC) categories were brought under the ambit of the Food Security Scheme, he said, adding that they have started getting rations at subsidized prices from September 1.
If this were not the case, they would be a "free gift of nature," and there would be no need to either ration or purchase them.
The Council of Ministers has decided to provide food necessities in markets, instead of a food ration system, and provide citizens with an amount of money every month," said the PM.
They studied the benefits of ration cards and ways to implement the system.
RATIONS: The introduction of bread rationing in 1946, left, a food ration coupon book used between 1940 and 1954, below, and a joint of meat, below left, which was to supply eight weekly rations.
In 2009, however, it erupted violently in newspaper headlines across America when Sarah Palin and others charged that proposed end-of-life counseling for Medicare beneficiaries constituted "death panels" that would ration care and decide the fate of elderly Americans (Saltonstall 2009; Rutenberg and Calmes 2009).
Tea was still on ration until 1952 while 1953 saw the end of sugar and egg rationing and in 1954 cheese and meats finally came off ration as well.
Previously, Purple member Vestey Foods UK had supplied 10-man ration packs while individual ration packs were assembled by the Ministry of Defence in Portsmouth.
A monthly ration of 500 liters of semi-subsidized gasoline has also been considered for the purpose.
Cuba has cut two staple foods from the monthly ration books that most Cubans depend on, edging closer to a risky full elimination of the decades-old subsidies, the Associated Press reported Nov.