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We were all excited when Mom dished out our favorite food at dinner.

Hi,

Does "dished out" in the above mean "sent out" or "gave out?" Thanks.
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I would say served. 'Dish out' implies scooping something from one place to another, and it is often negative. [The candidates dished out insult upon insult to each other.]
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I agree with Philip. Meaning 2 here is troubling in the context:
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dish out
1 : to serve (food) from a dish : distribute in portions at table <she dished out the chowder>

2 a : GIVE, PROVIDE, RELEASE<dishing out important news releases> <those doctors who dish out opiates at the slightest provocation> b slang : to present in glib, effusive, or exuberant outpourings <that salesman could really dish it out> <you could dish out a memorized spiel -- W.L.Gresham>


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