UK: slang word for benefits from the government, aka welfare. See also jobseekers allowance.


Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company, Inc. is the largest producer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables in the world, and markets a growing line of packaged food, and fresh flowers. The Company does business in more than 90 countries and employs approximately 60,000 full-time people.

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Dole (?), n. [OE. deol, doel, dol, OF. doel, fr. doloir to suffer, fr. L. dolere; perh. akin to dolare to hew.]

grief; sorrow; lamentation.


And she died. So that day there was dole in Astolat. Tennyson.


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Dole, n. [L. dolus: cf. F. dol.] ScotsLaw

See Dolus.


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Dole, n. [AS. dal portion; same word as dl. See Deal.]


Distribution; dealing; apportionment.

At her general dole, Each receives his ancient soul. Cleveland.


That which is dealt out; a part, share, or portion also, a scanty share or allowance.


Alms; charitable gratuity or portion.

So sure the dole, so ready at their call, They stood prepared to see the manna fall. Dryden.

Heaven has in store a precious dole. Keble.


A boundary; a landmark.



A void space left in tillage.

[Prov. Eng.]

Dole beer, beer bestowed as alms. [Obs.] -- Dole bread, bread bestowed as alms. [Obs.] -- Dole meadow, a meadow in which several persons have a common right or share.


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Dole (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Doled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Doling.]

To deal out in small portions; to distribute, as a dole; to deal out scantily or grudgingly.

The supercilious condescension with which even his reputed friends doled out their praises to him. De Quincey.


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