dole out

To dole out is to distribute something in equal portions, the way a camp counselor might dole out marshmallows, making sure each camper gets two.

The phrase dole out implies a limited amount of whatever resource is being dispensed, or a slow rate of distribution. An entire season of your favorite TV show might be released on one day, while you have to wait on your second favorite, since they dole out one episode per week. Instead of putting a pan of brownies on the table after dinner, your dad may instead dole out one to each family member, saving the rest for tomorrow.

Definitions of dole out
  1. verb
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
    dole out some money”
    synonyms: administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole, lot, mete out, parcel out, shell out
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    allot, assign, portion
    give out
    reallot
    allot again
    deal
    distribute cards to the players in a game
    apply, give
    give or convey physically
    allow, appropriate, earmark, reserve, set aside
    give or assign a resource to a particular person or cause
    allocate, apportion
    distribute according to a plan or set apart for a special purpose
    misdeal
    deal cards wrongly
    tread
    apply (the tread) to a tire
    administer
    perform (a church sacrament) ritually
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    give
    transfer possession of something concrete or abstract to somebody
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