In England, someone who is receiving state welfare, often for long periods of time, even when they could work.
"What's he doing now then?"
"Oh, he's on the dole, while his girlfriend works in social services"
"Sad bastard!"
by tvod June 23, 2014
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an Australian English term meaning "receiving some form of government handouts/welfare assistance".
if your are on the dole, you are most likely abusing the Western state.
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Australia: Unemployment benefits from the government. Known in the US as "welfare".

Also see "dole bludger".
Just heading down to the Centrelink to put in my dole form.

I don't have any money until dole day.
by Andrew May 14, 2004
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Unemployment insurance; or, less commonly, any form of public assistance.
Since the company he worked for went out of business and he did not quit or get fired, he was eligible to go on the dole.
by Anthony Brancato April 19, 2003
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D.O.L.E acronym for Department Of Labour and Employment. unemployment benefit in the UK from 1911 until 2001 when dwp took over and called it job seekers allowance and now universal credit
my granddad was on the D.O.L.E claiming fortnightly giros after the mines shut down. i finished college, couldn't get a job and now i get Universal credit but everyone still calls it "the dole"
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1. Common word for the Unemployment Benefit. Basically, money for nothing.

2. A kind of Banana.
1: "I used to be on the dole, but after those WINZ fucks started bothering me every week, I told them to stick it up their ass"

2. "Dang, I wanted Dole bananas, not Bonita bananas!"
by KeeWee January 13, 2005
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To give/deal. Can be (and often is) followed by 'out'.
I doled out slices of the victory cake to each of the club members.
by Diggity Monkeez January 15, 2005
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