dish out (1)

INFORMAL
This page is about the phrasal verb dish out (1).

Meaning: to give things to people, often without thinking about the effects or the costs of doing so

Synonym: dole out (informal), give out, hand out

For example:

  • dish out sth The college was accused of dishing out degrees to anyone who could pay for them.

  • dish sth out Drug companies want doctors to dish their drugs out to as many people as possible.

Note: This phrasal verb often has a negative connotation. For example, if someone "dishes something out" they could be doing so for their own benefit without thinking about the negative consequences.

Quick Quiz:

The court has been dishing out more jail sentences, so the government will be spending

a. less on prisons

b. more on prisons

c. the usual amount on prisons

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