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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.
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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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portion out

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.
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423], for instance, Gus Eardham's father is obliged to be "a little hard" in demanding for his portionless daughter a jointure of 4,000 [pounds sterling] a year, with a house to be found either in town or country, as the widow might desire.
It is Emma, after all, who strategizes to unite the portionless Miss Taylor with the established Mr.
As long as I tell myself that I have no portion in a text, that the text in question does not speak to me nor I to the text, I remain portionless and speechless.
The only young man she is known to have loved, Tom Lefroy, had a family dependent on his ability to win a rich wife, and he was briskly hustled away when he showed signs of attachment to the portionless Jane Austen.
more than two standard deviations from the mean), or a portionless answer to certain "trigger questions" (e.
In this extended critique of romantic and melodramatic convention, Eliot attacks, among other things, novels in which "the portionless young lady .