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dole out

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v dole out administer or bestow, as in small portions "administer critical remarks to everyone present","dole out some money","shell out pocket money for the children","deal a blow to someone","the machine dispenses soft drinks"
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Usage

In literature:

In turn I doled out some biscuits, to the children's great delight, while fathers and mothers looked on approvingly.
"A Wayfarer in China" by Elizabeth Kendall
The Lampyris doles out his tweaks.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
How is a man to live on the miserable wages our would-be king doles out to us?
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
Perhaps it is a little doleful coming home, when there is never anybody looking out for you, expecting you.
"The Marriage of Elinor" by Margaret Oliphant
She was a doleful body, taking pleasure only in funerals and the laying out of the dead.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
No, I daren't dole them out now.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil
Hearing a doleful sound from the alley far below them, he opened the window and leaned out.
"Donald and Dorothy" by Mary Mapes Dodge
There was only water to drink, lukewarm stinking stuff, doled out sparingly in rusty tin cups.
"Vulcan's Workshop" by Harl Vincent
The small portion of dried caribou meat doled out to each was far from satisfying.
"The Gaunt Gray Wolf" by Dillon Wallace
You can't go on doling out charity for ever.
"Ireland as It Is" by Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Few of the pirates had firearms, except on forays, and then their ammunition was doled out to them.
"The Pirate Woman" by Aylward Edward Dingle
We began by doling out to them from one to three francs each to be used to buy food.
"The Note-Book of an Attache" by Eric Fisher Wood
At last the sound died off; the wind outside took it up dolefully, and seemed to call us out into the cold air.
"Phemie Frost's Experiences" by Ann S. Stephens
What the dickens can I do without a bob to my name except what the mater chooses to dole out?
"The Phantom Lover" by Ruby M. Ayres
And he doled it out sparingly to them and to himself.
"Astounding Stories, May, 1931" by Various
Usquebaugh was simply happiness doled out by the glass, and sold by the gill.
"My Schools and Schoolmasters" by Hugh Miller
He only counted the bullets, each time, by doling out two or three.
"Boys' Book of Frontier Fighters" by Edwin L. Sabin
They generally doled out the liquor by half pints and gills to their laborers.
"Glimpses of the Past" by W. O. Raymond
Our provisions were sometimes reduced to a few little cubes of sugar doled out to each from the officers' stores.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
Suddenly, out upon the still air, came a doleful cry.
"In the Brooding Wild" by Ridgwell Cullum
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In poetry:

It sighs from out the helpless past,
Where doleful things abide;
Gray ghosts of dead thought sail aghast
Across its ebbing tide.
"Songs of the Summer Nights" by George MacDonald
But is there none? why, then, 'tis more than well:
And glad at heart myself will hew one out,
Let me he only sure; for, sooth to tell,
The sorest dole is doubt—
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
Then Love cried, "Break me his lance, each knight!
Ye shall fight for blood-athirst Fame no more!"
And the knights all doffed their mailed might
And dealt out dole on dole to the poor.
"The Tournament" by Sidney Lanier
This man loves farming, that man law,
While this one follows pathways martial--
What moots it whither mortals turn?
Grim fate from her mysterious urn
Doles out the lots with hand impartial.
"In Praise Of Contentment" by Eugene Field
Wipe out that grief, my soul,
And shall I lose all love, in losing this?
Unclasp my spirit, self's close stolid stole.
Are there no lives to bless?
So will I give my love, my life, no stinted dole.
"Motives" by Marietta Holley
Poor withered rose, thou liest dead;
Too soon thy beauty's bloom hath fled.
'Tis not without a tearful ruth
I watch decay thy blushing youth;
And though thy life goes out in dole,
Thy perfume lingers in my soul.
"Poor Withered Rose" by Paul Laurence Dunbar

In news:

The latest round of the competition doled out $400 million directly to 16 districts, including three charter groups.
Democrat proposes new system to dole out dollars.
Tallahassee, FL--Among the sanctions doled out to Penn State Monday in the wake of the Freeh report was the vacation of 112 Penn State wins dating back to 1998 111 of those wins belonged to the late Joe Paternon.
Jack's Stick It and Lick It Summer Tour Doles Out KISS, Motley Crue Tickets.
But use these gorgeous ombre servers to dole out the greens and it will become an unforgettable course.
Sign language is doled out generously.
They could probably dole out two trailers every week until release and you'd still have four hours of movie left to watch.
It doled out $23 million in grants to seven nonprofits, including the World Wildlife Fund and a Smithsonian Institution project.
NOACA doles out $78m for local projects.
Even if he didn't plan it, Georgetown coach John Thompson III doled out hugs in a distinct line after the Hoyas beat North Carolina in the East Region final Sunday.
The Peachtree City Council can spit in the face of taxpayers by forming a special corporation to dole out more than a half million dollars of hotel-motel tax receipts with little accountability.
Parents with children attending Riverdale Country School in the Bronx this fall will have to dole out 5.8 percent more tuition money this year, adding up to $31,200.
Americans are expected to dole out a total of $5.8 billion on Halloween, an increase of nearly a billion dollars over last year, according to the National Retail Federation.
What's popularly known about festivals flows from the awards doled out by the major, media-magnetic festivals.
Metallica are behaving like Santa this holiday season, generously doling out previously unreleased songs from the 'Death Magnetic' sessions.
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In science:

While the total energy is comparable to the electromagnetic and kinetic energy of supernovae, the difference is that in supernovae the energy is doled out over months, mainly at optical wavelengths, while in GRB most of the electromagnetic energy is spilled out in a matter of seconds, and mainly at γ -ray wavelengths.
Gamma-Ray Bursts
This latter aspect may force the planet to have bound rotation (Dole 1964), which could lead to processes where key gases freeze out on the dark side.
Target star catalog for Darwin: Nearby Stellar sample for a search for terrestrial planets
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