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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theydish out
he/she/itdishes out
present participledishing out
past tensedished out
past participledished out
  1. 1
    informal to give things to a number of people
    Some doctors are dishing out drugs their patients do not need.
  2. 2
    to serve food
    He was dishing out a chicken stew.
  3. 3
    informal if someone dishes out something such as criticism or punishment, they criticize or punish someone severely
    He’s always ready to dish out criticism.
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    1. a.
      someone can dish it out but they can’t take it informal used for saying that someone often criticizes other people but does not like being criticized
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