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Language: Old English
Origin: metan 'to measure'

mete

verb
     
mete

mete something ↔ out

phrasal verb
if you mete out a punishment, you give it to someone
mete something ↔ out to
He felt he had a right to mete out physical punishment to the children.
Judges are meting out harsh sentences for car theft.

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