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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, go, on

dole out

To distribute something, either physically or verbally. A noun or pronoun can be used between "dole" and "out." I'll have the volunteers dole out pamphlets to the audience before I begin my lecture. Rachel is always doling out criticism, so of course she's sensitive to any critique of herself.
See also: dole, out

on relief

In receipt of assistance, financial or otherwise, from publicly or privately funded agencies (most often government-run), due to a certain level of hardship, poverty, or need. It was really disheartening having to go on relief 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 relief for extended periods of time.
See also: on, relief

on the dole

In receipt of assistance, financial or otherwise, from publicly or privately funded agencies (most often government-run), 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 been 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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Pwen and Dole became tangled in another ethical quagmire in the mid-eighties that caused them both headaches; it involved a minority set-aside contract that the Senator and Owen helped a former Dole aide obtain.
Throughout the eighties, Owen was the link between Dole and a series of ethical controversies that garnered the attention not only of Congress but of federal and state authorities, from which Dole has emerged virtually unscathed--with the exception of the damage done to his 1988 campaign--but which have made Owen an ex-convict.
In a written statement sent to the Center for Public Integrity for its book, The Buying of the President, Dole's presidential campaign spokesman, Nelson Warfield, said only this of Owen and the spate of controversies involving the former Dole aide: "As to David Owen, neither Senator Dole nor his wife knew of Owen's involvement with Mrs.
There are a lot of personality traits in Dole that parallel Nixon.
Feminists who have worked with Elizabeth Dole say she has always pushed for women's issues, and yet from the beginning of her service in the White House, her approach was remarkably conciliatory.
Pat,' said Elizabeth Dole, "guess what I've just done.
Later that year, Reuss received another invigorating call from Dole.
From the beginning Dole was obsessed with publicity.
The industry fought the law--it held out the prospect of regular, discouraging travel bulletins--and Dole called it "rigid, unilateral,' and "counterproductive to international cooperation.