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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I want to be on the public dole.
▪ In some ways, and for some people, government has turned into a kind of public dole.
▪ It may be desirable to spend what could otherwise be dole money on temporarily subsidizing lame ducks to ease the transition.
▪ A freeze on dole money and invalidity benefit is also being considered.
▪ I was having to survive on my dole money - which seemed to disappear the day I got it.
▪ Dragged off the dole queue and hating every minute.
▪ The monthly publication of the unemployment figures provides a depressing barometer of the dole queue.
▪ So here's the proof that not all one-miss blunders end up on the dole queue.
▪ Secondary school classes have also grown, with more pupils staying on rather than face the dole queue.
▪ Leaving work and consigning yourself to the dole queue is obviously risky.
▪ Why does not he admit that since last year's Budget more than 500,000 people have been added to the dole queue?
▪ Cash reserves have been savaged by massive rises in social security benefits because of ever-growing dole queues and interest repayments on debt.
▪ Whitehall officials were unable to explain it fully and refused to speculate when dole queues will start shortening.
▪ He points out that now she is cohabiting the only benefit she will get is the basic dole.
▪ He signed a form applying for benefits and will get his first dole cheque in the post within three days.
▪ Job cuts are already being made and newly-qualified nurses are going straight on the dole.
▪ I said the bankers were the first to go on the dole.
▪ He left school and went straight on the dole, like Derek probably will.
▪ Nature is joining the human race and going on the dole.
▪ She left the riding stables and went on the dole.
▪ I stopped taking my testosterone tablets and went back on the dole again.
▪ If they lose their jobs, instead of going on the dole they have to leave the country.
▪ Reverend Leonard Hendry has joined the dole queues in Tewkesbury.
▪ Tory polices do not work and the tragedy is that, in Britain every month, 30,000 people join the dole.
▪ I brace myself for the sight of the posters, unrolled and exposed, and the dole cards.
▪ I said the bankers were the first to go on the dole.
▪ I want to be on the public dole.
▪ I was on the dole then, getting £5.50 a week and the rent was £2.50.
▪ If the unemployed learned to be better managers ... I fancy it would not be long before the dole was docked correspondingly.
▪ She was an alien in the country with no dole to fall back on, didn't have much money.
▪ Surely they didn't collect dole cheques from the society they so obviously rejected?
▪ Surely this term should be used to describe some one who lives and works - or draws the dole - in Scouserpool?
▪ Before it came to power Labour hinted thatit would stop doling out money to business.
▪ Its board has adopted a streamlined procedure for doling out emergency loans.
▪ There's also a cheese and bread counter, and a section doling out grim cold cuts.
▪ So to save costs -- many millions a year, experts say -- the company stopped doling out awards.
▪ Some lectures the old boy used to dole out.
▪ It must also dole out a level of punishment so severe that it precludes any further response.
▪ They've been doling out compassion long before the late Princess Diana invented it.
▪ Local officials traditionally lavish entertainment on national officials who dole out money for public works and other local projects.
▪ It must also dole out a level of punishment so severe that it precludes any further response.
▪ Its board has adopted a streamlined procedure for doling out emergency loans.
▪ Local officials traditionally lavish entertainment on national officials who dole out money for public works and other local projects.
▪ So to save costs -- many millions a year, experts say -- the company stopped doling out awards.
▪ They've been doling out compassion long before the late Princess Diana invented it.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Dole \Dole\, n. [L. dolus: cf. F. dol.] (Scots Law) See Dolus.


Dole \Dole\ (d[=o]l), n. [OE. deol, doel, dol, OF. doel, fr. doloir to suffer, fr. L. dolere; perh. akin to dolare to hew.] grief; sorrow; lamentation. [Archaic]

And she died. So that day there was dole in Astolat. -- Tennyson.


Dole \Dole\ (d[=o]l), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doled (d[=o]ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Doling.] To deal out in small portions; to distribute, as a dole; to deal out scantily or grudgingly.

The supercilious condescension with which even his reputed friends doled out their praises to him.
--De Quincey.


Dole \Dole\, n. [AS. d[=a]l portion; same word as d[=ae]l. See Deal.]

  1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment.

    At her general dole, Each receives his ancient soul. -- Cleveland.

  2. That which is dealt out; a part, share, or portion also, a scanty share or allowance.

  3. Alms; charitable gratuity or portion.

    So sure the dole, so ready at their call, They stood prepared to see the manna fall.

    Heaven has in store a precious dole.

  4. A boundary; a landmark.

  5. A void space left in tillage.
    --[Prov. Eng.]

    Dole beer, beer bestowed as alms. [Obs.]

    Dole bread, bread bestowed as alms. [Obs.]

    Dole meadow, a meadow in which several persons have a common right or share.

    on the dole, receiving financial assistance from a governmental agency, such as a welfare agency; as, after his unemployment benefits ran out, his family was on the dole for a year.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Old English dal "state of being divided; sharing, giving out," shortened from gedal "portion," related to dæl "deal," from Proto-Germanic *dailiz (cognates: Old Frisian and Old Saxon del, Middle Dutch deil, Dutch deel, Old High German teil, German Teil). On the dole is 1920s.


"hand out charity," mid-15c., from dole (n.). Doled; doling.


Etymology 1 n. 1 money or other goods given as charity. 2 Distribution; dealing; apportionment. 3 (context informal English) Payment by the state to the unemployed. 4 A boundary; a landmark. 5 (context UK dialect English) A void space left in tillage. vb. To distribute in small amounts; to share out small portions of a meager resource. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context archaic English) sorrow or grief; dolour. 2 (context legal Scotland English) dolus

  1. n. a share of money or food or clothing that has been charitably given

  2. money received from the state [syn: pogy, pogey]


Dole may refer to:

  • Dole Constituency, a parliamentary constituency in Zanzibar
  • Dole Food Company, a US agricultural corporation
  • Unemployment benefits
  • Welfare
    • Cura Annonae, Roman subsidized grain supply
  • Charity (practice), giving food, clothing or money in England (mostly obsolete); examples include
    • Wayfarer's Dole, Hospital of St Cross
    • St Briavels Bread and Cheese Dole
    • Tichborne Dole
  • DOLE, Department of Labor and Employment (Philippines)
  • Dole Air Race, ill-fated 1927 air race named for sponsor James Dole (see below)
  • Dole, Idrija, a settlement in the Municipality of Idrija, Slovenia
  • Dole, Jura, a commune in the département Jura in France
    • Arrondissement of Dole, a French arrondissement containing the commune Dole
  • La Dôle, a mountain in Switzerland
  • Dole, Nepal, a village in Nepal
  • Livery Dole, an area of Exeter in Devonshire, England
  • Small Dole, a hamlet in the Civil parish of Upper Beeding in West Sussex, England
  • Augustus O. Dole (1813–1876), U.S. politician
  • Bob Dole, (born 1923), U.S. politician, former U.S. Senator
  • Charles Fletcher Dole (1845–1927), Unitarian minister and author
  • Daniel Dole (1808–1878), missionary who founded Punahou School
  • Edmund Pearson Dole (1850–1928), lawyer and Hawaii attorney general
  • Elizabeth Dole, (born 1936), U.S. politician, former U.S. Senator and former U.S. Cabinet member, wife of "Bob" Dole
  • James Dole (1877–1958), Hawaiian Pineapple planter
  • Lester Dole (1855–1918), American baseball player
  • Nathan Haskell Dole (1852–1935), Boston author
  • Mary Phylinda Dole (1862–1947), American woman doctor
  • Sanford B. Dole (1844–1926), first Governor of Hawaii
  • Vincent Dole (1913–2006), American doctor
  • Wigglesworth Dole (1779–1845), Deacon and patriarch of several others
Dole (Kladanj)

Dole is a village at the entity line of Federation of B&H- Republika Srpska. In 1991, it was part of the municipality of Kladanj, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Today, it is part of Vlasenica, Republika Srpska. It is inhabited by ethnic Serbs.

Dole (Ljubuški)

Dole (Ljubuški) is a village in Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to the 1991 census, the village is located in the municipality of Ljubuški.

Usage examples of "dole".

Even Albacore laughed, and now the conversation became general, running like quicksilver from tongue to tongue, good thing following good thing, wisdom and wit doled out in a prodigality of plenty, and I felt tears prick my eyes at the sense of privilege and pleasure in being part of this company in this place at this time.

Besides Bob Dole and Newt Gingrich, the Republican team included Senator Trent Lott of Mississippi, and two Texans, Congressman Dick Armey, the House majority leader, and Congressman Tom DeLay, the House majority whip.

Dole, Gingrich, Armey, Daschle, and Gephardt were there, as were Al Gore, Leon Panetta, Bob Rubin, Laura Tyson, and other members of our team.

The Biter men, some with short cudgels at the belt, some with a cutlass doled out the day before, looked about them eagerly, waiting for a fight.

Van Bummel, the schoolmaster, doling forth the contents of an ancient newspaper.

They had brought old sail canvas from the carack and made shelters along the strand, where beef was still roasting and the ale granted them by their captain was doled out sparingly.

For example, she knew that yesterday a congressional delegation, or codel, headed by Bob Dole, had met with Saddam Hussein in Baghdad.

Jared wants to fight a cause, let him go busting into all the nursing homes, the clinics that doddle along on what the politicians reluctantly dole out, the street people.

The farmers who had emigrated from Ottumwa were astonished to see him, for it was Thomas Dole Creevey, now an old man who had lived to see the desolation he had fathered.

Promptly, Goldilocks kissed her face, whimpering with joy while she doled out a good face wash.

Wednesday at hockey practice he let Kira dole out hot chocolate without asking her to put on skates, which left her free to sing Zane to sleep, which left Travis free to skate like a pro.

Martin McCord spends a surprising amount of his free time there, tending his own rack of fast-growing dwarf strains of carrot, lettuce, radish, and kohlrabi, which he doles out with the grave courtesy of a maiden aunt bestowing sweets on favored nephews and nieces.

Among the deep blue forests he was still in Fairyland, but at Mouchard the scenery was already changing, and by the time Dole was reached it had completely changed.

Say, are thy youthful hours Doled in such niggard measure, that thou must Be chary of them to thy aged uncle?

She always doled out my clothes piecemeal, not wanting to pressure me.