on the dole

idiom

: 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.

Examples of on the dole in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web My parents tolerated our weekly tryst but disapproved of Roz’s extravagance while on the dole through family loans. Jane Shore, The New Yorker, 31 July 2023 Their parents were working class, people were maybe on the dole. Kyle Rice, Rolling Stone, 24 May 2022 To the upwelling of voter aggravation, add Congress’s likely targeting of indirect benefits that effectively put almost 100% of Americans on the dole. WSJ, 22 Oct. 2021 No longer will farmers live on the dole. Washington Post, 28 Aug. 2021 Farmers, who as a group disproportionately vote Republican and support Trump, are uneasy with being seen as on the dole. Adam Belz, Star Tribune, 30 Oct. 2020 Even so, economists have found no evidence that the extra $600 in jobless benefits have convinced out-of-work adults to stay on the dole. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, 13 Aug. 2020

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“On the dole.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/on%20the%20dole. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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