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 out (1 of 2)

dish out


verb informal

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

British Dictionary definitions for dish out (2 of 2)

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 out (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with dish out (2 of 2)

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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