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come up with the rations

military To be granted an award when it is undeserved. I don't think he really earned that award—I suspect it just came up with the rations.
See also: come, ration, up

ration out

To divide and distribute small portions of something in order to make it last as long as possible. A noun or pronoun can be used between "ration" and "out." We have to ration out the stew if we're going to feed all these guests. The foreign aid group has been rationing out food and water to the refugees. Because of a problem with the supplier, we've had to ration paper out among students.
See also: out, ration

ration something out (among someone)

to give people limited shares of something, attempting to make it last as long as possible. The captain rationed the water out among all the crew, trying to make it last as long as possible. Jane rationed out the cookies among the kids.
See also: out, ration

come up (or be given) with the rations

(of a medal) be awarded automatically and without regard to merit. military slang
See also: come, ration, up

ration out

To distribute a fixed portion of something, especially food that is allotted to persons in military service or to civilians in times of scarcity: The government rationed out flour and sugar during the war. The hikers had very little water and had to ration it out carefully.
See also: out, ration
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Unlike rationing in most countries, which is intended to keep costs down, rationing in the United States has actually led to increased costs, resulting in the most expensive health-care system in the world.
In the age of abundance in which we live now, when you can get anything at any time, those years of rationing are very difficult to imagine - unless of course you lived through them.
The literature on rationing since 1987 may be divided into three somewhat overlapping areas of inquiry that:
Transport minister Akihiro Ohata apologized for the inconvenience and called on companies and schools to cooperate in lowering electricity demand such as by staggering the time employees go to work or by closing school classes, while urging TEPCO to take heed of the situation in each region when implementing power rationing.
The recent and no doubt endless health care reform debate in the United States was a shock to many of us who have toiled in the neatly tilled vineyard of rationing theory.
Their fears about rationing are anything but "irrational.
Our scope is not to generalize outcomes to a wider population but to enrich the existing theoretical knowledge (Mason 2002) by bringing into sight the awareness, attitudes, views and experience of a sample of Greek stakeholders, on major rationing issues.
Gareth Thomas, managing director of Wilmington Healthcare UK, said: "Our research suggests that rationing is already widespread within the NHS for a variety of services and treatments, and with budgets under increasing strain, it is likely that more patients will be subject to restrictions in future.
Early this week, ZCWD announced it was ending the water rationing scheme, except for the one being implemented in so-called transitory sites where at least 2,000 families displaced by the 2013 siege of the city by followers of Moro leader Nur Misuari are still languishing.
The ACA language stipulates the following in regard to IMAC recommendations: (a) they are intended to reduce spending, (b) they cannot increase spending, (c) they must protect access to necessary and evidence-based care, and (d) they cannot include rationing of care.
Iloilo City--Government-run Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD) is now rationing water to residential houses and business establishments in Iloilo City and nearby towns.
FIVE years ago this week, rationing was introduced in Britain.
W] hatever the HMO, there must be rationing and inducement to
According to the new rationing system, each citizen receives EGP 15 of rations or subsidies on basic commodities on his ration card (and EGP 7 extra during the month of Ramadan).
MOST people would associate rationing with the Second World War, but Britain's First World War civilians also had to 'make do.