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    Chocobosandwich is offline Newbie
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    Default To mete out a punishment

    In the phrase "to mete out death as a punishment," does it mean to measure the extent of the crime and give death as a proper punishment?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chocobosandwich View Post
    In the phrase "to mete out death as a punishment," does it mean to measure the extent of the crime and give death as a proper punishment?
    According to Cambridge dictionary:

    to give or order a punishment or make someone receive cruel or unfair treatment Victorian schoolteachers regularly meted out physical punishment to their pupils.


    Neither a teacher nor a native speaker

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    Default Re: To mete out a punishment

    mete is to seperate into parts and distribute

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    Quote Originally Posted by rws_killer5 View Post
    mete is to seperate into parts and distribute
    I used to mean "to measure" also. It's now archaic.

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