mete out

phrasal verb

Definition of mete out

: to give (something) to the people who one decides should get it : to give out or distribute (something) We're trying to be fair in meting out rewards and punishments. usually used to refer to something unpleasant (such as punishment) Huge fines were meted out as punishment.The king meted out justice as he saw fit.

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