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- v. To distribute something in portions; to apportion or dole out
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. administer or bestow, as in small portions
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Though she had told the Iotian security guard a dozen times to address her as “sir” or “Commander,” she was in no mood to mete out a reprimand just now.
Meanwhile, he must positively get down to the quay, there was some difficulty with the Interpol anti-smuggling people and unless he was there to mete out justice in person, one of his own boats was likely to suffer.
As to whether the civil authorities can mete out ample justice to the guilty parties on both sides, I must say it is my opinion, unequivocally, that they cannot.
I’m sitting here thinking, folks, that if this treatment that we are continuing to mete out to detainees—prisoners of war, terrorists-in-waiting at Gitmo—if the word of how they’re being treated keeps getting out, we’re going to have Al Qaeda people surrendering all over the world trying to get in the place.