Idioms

    dish it out, Informal. to dispense abusive language, punishment, or praise, enthusiastic approval, etc.: When it comes to flattery, he can really dish it out.

Origin of dish

before 900; Middle English; Old English disc dish, plate, bowl (akin to German Tisch table) < Latin discus dish, discus

Related forms

un·der·dish, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dish

dish

/ (dɪʃ) /

noun

verb (tr)

See also dish out, dish up

Derived Forms

dishlike, adjective

Word Origin for dish

Old English disc, from Latin discus quoit, see disc
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Idioms and Phrases with dish

dish


In addition to the idioms beginning with dish

  • dish out
  • dish the dirt

also see:

  • do the dishes

Also see underdishwater.

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