Dole bread
Dole Dole, n. [AS. d[=a]l portion; same word as d[=ae]l. See {Deal}.] 1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment. [1913 Webster]

At her general dole, Each receives his ancient soul. -- Cleveland. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is dealt out; a part, share, or portion also, a scanty share or allowance. [1913 Webster]

3. Alms; charitable gratuity or portion. [1913 Webster]

So sure the dole, so ready at their call, They stood prepared to see the manna fall. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Heaven has in store a precious dole. --Keble. [1913 Webster]

4. A boundary; a landmark. --Halliwell. [1913 Webster]

5. A void space left in tillage. --[Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]

{Dole beer}, beer bestowed as alms. [Obs.]

{Dole bread}, bread bestowed as alms. [Obs.]

{Dole meadow}, a meadow in which several persons have a common right or share.

{on the dole}, receiving financial assistance from a governmental agency, such as a welfare agency; as, after his unemployment benefits ran out, his family was on the dole for a year. [1913 Webster +PJC]


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  • Dole — Dole, n. [AS. d[=a]l portion; same word as d[=ae]l. See {Deal}.] 1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment. [1913 Webster] At her general dole, Each receives his ancient soul. Cleveland. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is dealt out; a part, share, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dole beer — Dole Dole, n. [AS. d[=a]l portion; same word as d[=ae]l. See {Deal}.] 1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment. [1913 Webster] At her general dole, Each receives his ancient soul. Cleveland. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is dealt out; a part, share …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dole meadow — Dole Dole, n. [AS. d[=a]l portion; same word as d[=ae]l. See {Deal}.] 1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment. [1913 Webster] At her general dole, Each receives his ancient soul. Cleveland. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is dealt out; a part, share …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • dole —    a payment by the state to the involuntarily unemployed    Originally, a portion, whence a gift made regularly to the poor, as dole bread or dolemoney, and at funerals dole meats:     She s on the dole, so hopefully we ll trace her soon enough… …   How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms

  • Dole — may refer to: The Grain supply to the city of Rome in ancient times. Since the early 20th Century, a colloquial term referring to government public assistance programs; see Unemployment benefits. Originally it referred to any charitable gift of… …   Wikipedia

  • Bread and circuses — (or Bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses ) is an ancient Roman metaphor for people choosing food and fun over freedom. It often appears in commentary that accuses people of giving up their civic duty and following whichever political… …   Wikipedia

  • dole cupboard — noun Etymology: dole (I) : an ecclesiastical cupboard to contain bread or other supplies for the poor of the parish * * * a livery cupboard formerly used in churches for holding bread to be distributed to the poor. [1905 10] …   Useful english dictionary

  • dole — verb we dole out fresh soup and bread every afternoon Syn: deal out, share out, divide up, allocate, allot, distribute, dispense, hand out, give out, dish out/up, divvy up …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • dole cupboard — a livery cupboard formerly used in churches for holding bread to be distributed to the poor. [1905 10] * * * …   Universalium

  • on the dole — Dole Dole, n. [AS. d[=a]l portion; same word as d[=ae]l. See {Deal}.] 1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment. [1913 Webster] At her general dole, Each receives his ancient soul. Cleveland. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is dealt out; a part, share …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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