\ \ [OE] In Old English, the noun dāl meant simply ‘part, portion’ (it came from a Germanic base *dail-, which also produced English deal).
\ \ By the 14th century this had developed into the more specific ‘portion (of food, money, etc) handed out as a charitable donation to those in need’. This is the source of the phrase on the dolereceiving government benefit’, first recorded in the 1920s. The verb doledistribute’ arose in the 15th century; its modern use, dole out, is an 18th-century development.
\ \ Cf.DEAL

Word origins - 2ed. . 2005.


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