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  • v. To distribute in small amounts.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. administer or bestow, as in small portions


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  • Neither his mother's abilities nor his choice were able to secure for him an entree to the society which Cambridge and Boston dole out stintedly to certain privileged collegians.

    The Honorable Peter Stirling and What People Thought of Him

  • My brothers and I would peer into the medicinal herb shop, watching old Li dole out onto a stiff sheet of white paper the right amount of insect shells, saffron-colored seeds, and pungent leaves for his ailing customers.

    The Joy Luck Club

  • Since taking over the organization, Eugene Scott made it a point to dole out bodies just as examples of what would happen to anyone who even thought about betraying him.

    Street Judge

  • Condemnation was for priests to dole out when members of the public succumbed to weakness.

    Boiling a Frog

  • Silversmiths were not in the business to dole out charity to chance vendors.

    An Excellent Mystery

  • Harry the fucken purser will dole out your trenchers and mugs.

    Morgan’s Run


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