on the dole

Definition of on the dole

  1. :  receiving money that a government (especially the British government) gives to people who do not have jobs or who are very poor They've been on the dole for a year. They're going on the dole.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  one's allotted share, portion, or destiny

    :  a giving or distribution of food, money, or clothing to the needy

    :  a grant of government funds to the unemployed

  1. :  grief, sorrow

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