dole out



dole out ‎(third-person singular simple present doles out, present participle doling out, simple past and past participle doled out)

  1. (idiomatic, transitive) To distribute in small amounts.
    • 2012 May 27, Nathan Rabin, “TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “New Kid On The Block” (season 4, episode 8; originally aired 11/12/1992)”[1], The Onion AV Club:
      The animators, writers and Gilbert do a fantastic job of making Laura an eminently crush-worthy figure of adolescent yearning but the episode doles out scenes of her and Bart together sparingly.



  • (distribute in small portions): dish out
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