dish out


dished out; dishing out; dishes out

transitive verb

: to give or dispense freely
dish out gifts
dish out advice
dish out punishment

Examples of dish out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the quarter, Sims dished out six passes that led to a Dallas shot. Peter Warren, Dallas News, 18 Sep. 2023 California has spent, and will continue to dish out, billions of dollars to recover from climate catastrophes, the complaint said. Alicia Diaz, Fortune, 16 Sep. 2023 The Boston University commit scored twice and dished out two assists in a 4-0 Northeastern Conference win over Peabody. Cam Kerry,, 13 Sep. 2023 After Picone finished dishing out food, an officer cited him for violating a city ordinance that in effect prohibits people from serving more than a handful of homeless people. Jonathan Edwards, Washington Post, 9 Aug. 2023 Scottsdale Italian deli: DeFalco's Italian Grocery The homemade sausage and marinara sauce in DeFalco’s sausage, peppers and onions sandwich, epitomize the Italian comfort dished out at this deli opened by John and Dora DeFalco in 1972. Felicia Campbell, The Arizona Republic, 5 Sep. 2023 Unlike Justified, where Harlan, Kentucky is the center, with Timothy Olyphant’s Deputy U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens dishing out his own unique blend of tough justice, Detroit is the setting for this FX offshoot. Ronda Racha Penrice, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Aug. 2023 The now-vegan Eleven Madison Park is a favorite among foodies and celebrities alike, while Eric Ripert’s Le Bernardin dishes out spectacular seafood. Lauren Dana Ellman, Travel + Leisure, 27 Aug. 2023 Imagine getting a raise without dishing out a single extra dollar. Gleb Tsipursky, Fortune, 21 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1641, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of dish out was in 1641

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Cite this Entry

“Dish out.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition

dish out

: to give out freely
dish out advice

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