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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LADLING

He was ladling the pobs into the child's mouth, and scooping the overflow from her chin.

There was Mrs. Blair at the other end, ladling out the potatoes.

The vat was full of water, and numbers of men were employed in ladling it out and sprinkling it on the clouds.

Kirby had been behind him, but now the Texan was back to the fire, ladling more hot water out of the pot.

Time and again did she dash herself upon the floor, and roll over and over, ladling out with her feet in all directions.

"A proof that it ought to be devilish good," replied Dalrymple, ladling it out into the glasses.

Boyd hastened to obey, ladling everything within reach into his mouth as fast as knife and spoon could follow each other.

I spoke for your good principally, but if you've been ladling out your money to be spent in liquor, I say stop it.

I mean that you saw I couldn't live without flattery, and that you've been ladling it out to me to earn your keep.

Munn spoke with his eyes on Mrs. Brenner, at her task of ladling out the thick soup.

WORD ORIGIN

"large, long-handled spoon for drawing liquids," Old English hlædel "ladle," from hladan "to load" (see lade) + -le, suffix expressing "appliance, tool" (cf. shovel, handle, thimble). The verb is first recorded 1520s, from the noun. Related: Ladled; ladling.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.