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verb informal

(tr, adverb) to distribute
dish it out to inflict punishmenthe can't take it, but he can sure dish it out

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Idioms and Phrases with dish out

dish out

1

Deal out, dispense, as in He dishes out advice to one and all. This expression alludes to serving food from a dish. ] Colloquial; first half of 1600s]

2

dish it out. Dispense abuse or punishment, as in He can dish it out with the best of them, but he can't take it. [Slang; c. 1930]

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