American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Charitable dispensation of goods, especially money, food, or clothing.
- n. A share of money, food, or clothing that has been charitably given.
- n. Chiefly British The distribution by the government of relief payments to the unemployed; welfare.
- n. Archaic One's fate.
- v. To dispense as charity.
- v. To give out in small portions; distribute sparingly. See Synonyms at distribute.
- idiom. on the dole Receiving regular relief payments from or as if from the government.
- n. Archaic Sorrow; grief; dolor.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A part apportioned or divided out; portion; share; lot; fortune: same as deal
- n. In mining, one of the shares or parts into which a parcel of ore is divided for distribution among the various persons to whom it belongs.
- n. A portion of money, food, or other things distributed in charity; what is given in charity; alms; gratuity.
- n. The act of dealing out or distributing: as, the power of dole and donative.
- To give in portions or small quantities, as alms to the poor; apportion; distribute; deal: commonly with out: often implying that what is distributed is limited in quantity or is given grudgingly.
- n. Grief; sorrow; lamentation; mourning.
- n. Specifically The moaning of doves.
- n. In falconry, a flock of turtle-doves.
- n. In Scots law, malevolent intention; malice.
- n. A boundary; a landmark.
- n. The goal in a game.
- n. A strip of land left unplowed between two plowed portions; a broad balk.
- n. A part or portion of a meadow in which several persons have shares. See dole-meadow.
- n. A low flat place.
- To pare and thin (leather or skins).
- n. archaic Sorrow or grief; dolour.
- v. To distribute in small amounts; to share out small portions of a meager resource.
- n. Money or other goods given as charity.
- n. informal Payment by the state to the unemployed.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Archaic grief; sorrow; lamentation.
- n. (Scots Law) See dolus.
- n. Distribution; dealing; apportionment.
- n. That which is dealt out; a part, share, or portion also, a scanty share or allowance.
- n. Alms; charitable gratuity or portion.
- n. A boundary; a landmark.
- n. A void space left in tillage.
- v. To deal out in small portions; to distribute, as a dole; to deal out scantily or grudgingly.
- n. money received from the state
- n. a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given
- From Middle English dol, from Old English dāl ("portion, share, division, allotment"), from Proto-Germanic *dailan (“part, deal”), from Proto-Indo-European *dhAil- (“part, watershed”). Cognate with Albanian thelë ("portion,piece") and Old Church Slavonic (dola), (dilu, "part"). More at deal. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English dol, part, share, from Old English dāl; see dail- in Indo-European roots.Middle English dol, from Old French dol, deul, from Late Latin dolus, from Latin dolēre, to feel pain, grieve. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To be on the dole is a horrible experience; therefore it is no worse to be in the torture-chambers of the Gestapo.”
“We are most anxious in Canada to secure a greater population, but a man who has once received the "dole" argues, "why should I leave England, where the 'dole' is obtainable, and migrate to Canada, where it is not to be secured?”
“The actual dole is not that much money – the real advantage for the people at the bottom of the pile for signing on in the UK is housing benefits and not having to pay tax.”
“The word dole is usually applied heartlessly to welfare mothers sustained in their dire poverty by meager government handouts, not to the top bankers now ripping off the taxpayers.”
“The dole, in other words, was counterproductive; it tended to “impair that anxiety for a livelihood which is almost instinctive”; giving out money could “relax individual exertion by unnerving the arm of industry.””
“As on the U.A.B., a quarter of a married mans dole is regarded as rent.”
“But for the average British working man and his family, the dole is only just enough to provide adequate clothes and adequate food, and clothes and food are not enough for the normal British working man.”
“Noel Saunders, managing director of what will be the first new John Lewis store in London for 20 years, said 200 of his 800 new staff would be taken from the long-term dole queues.”
“Labor's gentle blitz on bludgers stops just short of a shove LONG-TERM dole recipients, teenagers who have no interest in either studying or working and able-bodied people claiming the disabled pension are facing what Treasurer Wayne Swan calls a "nudge" into the workforce.”
“The Government has dropped controversial plans to cut housing benefit for long-term dole claimants.”
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