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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.


vb. (en-past of: dole)

Usage examples of "doled".

You got starvation rations, even skimpier and nastier than the cooks doled out to anybody else.

After four midmonths at sea he could tell when a storm was on its way by the way the first mate swore, and how fast it was moving in by the portions that the cook doled out at evening mess.

Flinching as his soles touched the damned earth, he tried not to let his terror show as he walked to the place where rations were being doled out.

Karril walked behind the tables while servants doled out portions to the guests, checking the quality of each offering, prepared to intervene should any one item come up short.

Mahomet held up his own cup and with a nod of his head towards Bass accepted the water Mitford doled out.

So he'd waded in and got the supply situation organized to his satisfaction and doled out the hardware in an orderly fashion.

Morphin "faces' did not register any expression, so Kris didn't know if they were upset or not but as quickly as she could, she doled out blankets and knives to them, and indicated the first-aid kits.

The man came just after she had doled out the small helpings of broth to each of them.

You doled out punishment for my act but you couldn't erase it from my mind, for it's been with me ever since.

At the gate the judge doled coins into Aguilar's palm and he shook hands for­mally with each ragged charge and complimented them upon their military bearing and they exited into the street.

  Poganowska greeted his customers and doled out their rationed quantities of milk and dairy products.

  At first a few butchers had supplies which they doled out to special customers, but soon that, too, was gone.

Why hadn't she been there, harrying the enemy, giving them a taste of all the ill they had doled out?

One of the brawlers she recognized as an Anak's Eyrie headache, a handsome fellow who doled romance out to as many women as possible, whether or not they had a partner already.

What I wanted was a way to be independent of the beck and call of the bastards who doled it out.