on the dole

on the dole
Meaning
Unemployed.
Origin
In the UK unemployment benefit is called 'the dole'. Probably comes from 'doling out' meaning handing out.

Meaning and origin of phrases. 2013.

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  • the dole — UK US noun [S] UK INFORMAL (US welfare) ECONOMICS ► the money that unemployed people receive from the government: »Workers, in their countless thousands, were facing the dole. ● on the dole Cf. on the dole dole adjective [only before noun] …   Financial and business terms

  • (the) dole queue — the dole queue UK US noun british the number of people who do not have a job and who are receiving money from the government Thesaurus: unemployment and unemployedhyponym …   Useful english dictionary

  • on the dole — Dole Dole, n. [AS. d[=a]l portion; same word as d[=ae]l. See {Deal}.] 1. Distribution; dealing; apportionment. [1913 Webster] At her general dole, Each receives his ancient soul. Cleveland. [1913 Webster] 2. That which is dealt out; a part, share …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Dodging the Dole — is a 1936 British musical comedy film directed by John E. Blakeley and starring Roy Barbour, Dan Young and Jenny Howard.[1] It was made by Mancunian Films at Highbury Studios and Southall Studios. Contents 1 Plot 2 Cast …   Wikipedia

  • on the dole — ► unemployed and receiving money from the government: »He spent eighteen months on the dole. Main Entry: ↑the dole …   Financial and business terms

  • on the dole — {adv. phr.} Drawing unemployment benefits. * /When Jim lost his job he got on the dole and is still on it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the dole — {adv. phr.} Drawing unemployment benefits. * /When Jim lost his job he got on the dole and is still on it./ …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • on the dole —    A person who receives financial assistance from the government when they are unemployed is on the dole.     Their father is on the dole so the family is living on a tight budget …   English Idioms & idiomatic expressions

  • on the dole — (UK) Someone receiving financial assistance when unemployed is on the dole …   The small dictionary of idiomes

  • on the dole — (informal) Living on unemployment or other benefit • • • Main Entry: ↑dole * * * informal registered as unemployed and receiving benefit from the government …   Useful english dictionary

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