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Some view 'on the dole' negatively, as it implies relying on government aid. SlideHis pride made him hate being on the dole.
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British UsagePlay
'The dole' is particularly associated with British English and welfare. SlideIn Britain, many people refer to unemployment benefits as 'the dole'.
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Often used with 'on' to describe receiving unemployment benefits. SlideSince the factory closed, more people are on the dole.