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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DISHING OUT

But there he was, taking orders and dishing out drinks with an attitude as solemn and impersonal as an owl on a tree branch.

He was just dishing out his rude supper when the feet of a horse on the log bridge announced a visitor.

Hetty was dishing out fragrant, warmed-over stew into three lunch dishes on the table.

I stuck my head into the breakfast-room where Priapus was just dishing out the bacon and eggs.

We'll wait and send Everett a photagraf of me and you dishing out molasses and lard as grocer clerks.

Jane was dishing out his prunes from a vegetable dish into a blue willow saucer, and had seen nothing.

"So it's up to you to 'gobble and git,'" quoted Amy, dishing out the preserves with a lavish hand.

He saw that the proprietor was in the rear parlor, dishing out ice-cream to several customers who had come in.

But suddenly, as Joe was dishing out the canned peaches in the kitchen, he heard a cry from Bob.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English disc "plate, bowl, platter," from Latin discus "dish, platter, quoit," from Greek diskos "disk, platter" (see disk). A common West Germanic borrowing; Old High German borrowed the word as tisc "plate," but German tisch now means "table," in common with other later Romanic forms (e.g. Italian desco, French dais). Meaning "particular variety of food served" is first recorded mid-15c. Meaning "what one likes" is c.1900; that of "attractive woman" is 1920s. Meaning "concave reflector or antenna" attested from 1948.

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