mete something out

mete something out
dispense or allot justice, punishment, etc.
mete

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  • mete something out (to somebody) — ˌmete sthˈout (to sb) derived (formal) to give sb a punishment; to make sb suffer bad treatment • Severe penalties were meted out by the court. • the violence meted out to the prisoners Main entry: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mete something out — DISPENSE, hand out, allocate, allot, apportion, issue, deal out, dole out, dish out, assign, administer. → mete …   Useful english dictionary

  • give something out — DISTRIBUTE, issue, hand out, pass round, dispense; dole out, dish out, mete out; allocate, allot, share out. → give * * * distribute or broadcast something I ve been giving out leaflets * * * ˌgive sthˈout …   Useful english dictionary

  • hand something out — DISTRIBUTE, hand round, give out/round, pass out/round, share out, dole out, dish out, deal out, mete out, issue, dispense; allocate, allot, apportion, disburse; circulate, disseminate. → hand * * * 1) give a share of something or one of a set of …   Useful english dictionary

  • mete out — verb administer or bestow, as in small portions administer critical remarks to everyone present dole out some money shell out pocket money for the children deal a blow to someone the machine dispenses soft drinks • Syn: ↑distribute, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • mete — mete1 [mi:t] verb 1》 (mete something out) dispense or allot justice, punishment, etc. 2》 (in biblical use) measure out. Origin OE metan measure , of Gmc origin; related to meet2. mete2 [mi:t] noun historical …   English new terms dictionary

  • mete — [mi:t] v mete out [mete sth<=>out] phr v [: Old English; Origin: metan to measure ] if you mete out a punishment, you give it to someone mete something<=>out to ▪ He felt he had a right to mete out physical punishment to the children …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • mete out something — mete out (something) to give or order a punishment. The jail sentences meted out to drug traffickers were considered too light by US officials …   New idioms dictionary

  • mete out — (something) to give or order a punishment. The jail sentences meted out to drug traffickers were considered too light by US officials …   New idioms dictionary

  • mete out — verb To distribute something in portions; to apportion or dole out …   Wiktionary

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