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portion something out
to give out shares of something. Who will portion the cake out? She portioned out the chocolate carefully, making sure every one got an equal share.
a Benjamin's portion (or mess)the largest share or portion.
In the Bible, Benjamin was the youngest son of the Jewish patriarch Jacob . When Jacob's sons encountered their long-lost brother Joseph in Egypt, where he had become a high official, they failed to recognize him, but Joseph generously entertained them: ‘And he took and sent messes [servings of food] unto them from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of their's’ (Genesis 43:34).
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To divide something into parts or shares for distribution: The charity raises money and then portions it out among the most needy places. We portioned out the equipment according to how much weight each person could carry.