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English definition of “the dole”

the dole

noun [S]     UK informal ( US welfare) ECONOMICS
the money that unemployed people receive from the government : Workers , in their countless thousands, were facing the dole .
on the dole unemployed and receiving money from the government : He spent eighteen months on the dole .
dole adjective [only before noun]
(Definition of the dole noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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