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parcel (someone or something) out
To divide people or things into smaller groups and distribute them to others. A: "I don't know how we're going to manage such a large group of kids in this part of town." B: "Why don't we parcel them out for the day?" The teacher told Tom to parcel the box of cookies to everyone in class.
parcel someone or something out
Fig. to divide up and send or give away people or things. Carla parceled all the uniforms out so everyone would have one to wear for the parade. We will parcel out the children for the summer.
Divide into parts and distribute, as in She parceled out the remaining candy among the children. This idiom uses parcel in the sense of "divide into small portions." [Mid-1500s]
To divide something into parts or portions for distribution: The teacher parceled out the cookies to the pupils. I parceled the free tickets out to my friends.