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verb     dish pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participledishing
past tensedished
past participledished
  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    mainly American to gossip or share personal information with someone

    Jennifer Aniston dishes on her engagement and upcoming film.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 13/11/2014


phrasal verbs

dish out

Word Forms
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. 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.

    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

dish up

Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theydish up
he/she/itdishes up
present participledishing up
past tensedished up
past participledished up
to put food into dishes so that it is ready to be eaten
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to manipulate someone psychologically so that they begin to question their own perceptions and memories

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the phenomenon by which an incompetent person is too incompetent to understand his own incompetence

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