1. phrasal verb
If you dish out something, you distribute it among a number of people. [informal]
[V P n] ⇒ Doctors, not pharmacists, are responsible for dishing out drugs.
[V n P] ⇒ The council wants to dish the money out to specific projects.
2. phrasal verb
If someone dishes out criticism or punishment, they give it to someone. [informal]
[V P n] ⇒ Linzi is well qualified to dish out advice. [Also V n P]
3. phrasal verb
If someone dishes it out to you, they strongly criticize or punish you. [informal]
[V it P] ⇒ He's a big man and he's prepared to dish it out if he has to.
4. phrasal verb → dish If you dish out food, you serve it to people at the beginning of each course of a meal. [informal]
[V P n] ⇒ Here in the dining hall the cooks dish out chicken à la king.
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