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mete out

To mete out is to distribute, the way you mete out scoops of ice cream one at a time, to make sure all your friends end up with the same amount.

When you take your dog out on a leash, you probably mete out her treats, making them last for the whole walk. Another way to mete something out is to administer a disciplinary measure or justice: "The gym teacher tended to mete out punishment by making everyone do pushups." This phrase comes from mete, "to allot," from a root meaning "to measure out" or "to take appropriate measures."

Definitions of mete out
  1. verb
    administer or bestow, as in small portions
    synonyms: administer, allot, deal, deal out, dish out, dispense, distribute, dole, dole out, lot, mete, 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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