From (etyl) dol, from (etyl) .
To distribute in small amounts; to share out small portions of a meager resource.
Money or other goods given as charity.
- So sure the dole , so ready at their call, / They stood prepar'd to see the manna fall.
Distribution; dealing; apportionment.
- Heaven has in store a precious dole .
(informal) Payment by the state to the unemployed.
- At her general dole , / Each receives his ancient soul.
- I get my dole paid twice a week.
* 1996 , ,
- I?ve been on the dole for two years now.
* 1997 , , OECD Economic Surveys: Australia ,
- The men sit because they?re worn out from walking to the Labour Exchange every morning to sign for the dole , discussing the world?s problems and wondering what to do with the rest of the day.
A boundary; a landmark.
- The FY 1997/98 Commonwealth budget allocated funding of A$ 21.6 million to the Work for the Dole initiative for unemployed young people.
(UK, dialect) A void space left in tillage.
(etyl) dolus, from (etyl) doleo.
(archaic) Sorrow or grief; dolour.
* 1485 , , 1868, Morte Darthur ,
- Sir, said Sir Gingalin, I wot not what knight he was, but well I wot that he sigheth, and maketh great dole .
(legal, Scotland) dolus
- And she died. So that day there was dole in Astolat.
* (payment to support the unemployed) dole bludger