dole out(redirected from doling 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.
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
To distribute something: The government doles out cheese to the needy. The teacher doled pencils out to the students.
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