mete out

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

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  • 2 mete out — index administer (tender), allot, apportion, arbitrate (adjudge), assign (allot), contribute ( …

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  • 3 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, ↑ …

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  • 4 mete out — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms mete out : present tense I/you/we/they mete out he/she/it metes out present participle meting out past tense meted out past participle meted out formal to give a punishment to someone The same treatment should …

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  • 5 mete out — v. (B) to mete out justice to everyone * * * (B) to mete out justice to everyone …

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  • 6 mete out — they were instructed to mete out harsh punishment Syn: dispense, hand out, allocate, allot, apportion, issue, deal out, dole out, dish out, assign, administer …

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  • 7 mete out — PHRASAL VERB To mete out a punishment means to order that someone should be punished in a certain way. [FORMAL] [V P n (not pron)] His father meted out punishment with a slipper. [V ed] ...the two year sentence meted out to a convicted child… …

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  • 8 mete out — phr verb Mete out is used with these nouns as the object: ↑justice, ↑punishment …

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  • 9 mete out — administer, give according to the law or policy    It was his duty to mete out justice in the colony …

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

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  • 11 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 …

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  • 12 mete — out …

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  • 13 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 …

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  • 14 mete — [ mit ] verb ,mete out phrasal verb transitive FORMAL to give a punishment to someone: The same treatment should be meted out to politicians who break the rules …

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  • 15 mete — ► VERB (mete out) ▪ deal out or allot (justice, punishment, etc.). ORIGIN Old English, measure; related to MEET(Cf. ↑meet) …

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  • 16 mete — {{11}}mete (n.) boundary, now only in phrase metes and bounds, late 15c., from O.Fr. mete limit, bounds, frontier, from L. meta goal, boundary, post, pillar. {{12}}mete (v.) to allot, O.E. metan to measure, mete out; compare, estimate (class V… …

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  • 17 mete — Synonyms and related words: accord, administer, afford, allocate, allot, allow, apportion, appraise, appreciate, assay, assess, assign, award, bestow, bestow on, calculate, calibrate, caliper, check a parameter, communicate, compute, confer, deal …

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  • 18 mete — I v Usu. mete out apportion, admeasure, measure out or off; allot, allocate, assign; portion out, parcel out, deal out, dole out, ration out, Inf. dish out; pass out, hand out, give out, distribute, dispense. II n limit, boundary, frontier,… …

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  • 19 mete — I [[t]mit[/t]] v. t. met•ed, met•ing 1) to distribute or apportion by measure; allot; dole (usu. fol. by out): to mete out praise[/ex] 2) archaic to measure • Etymology: bef. 900; ME; OE metan; c. OHGmez(z)anto measure, akin to OIrmidithir(he)… …

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  • 20 mete — I. /mit / (say meet) verb (t) (meted, meting) 1. Obsolete to measure. –phrase 2. mete out, to distribute or apportion by measure; allot: *East Timor s influential Catholic bishop called today for an international tribunal to mete out justice to… …

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