give away

give away
1) PHRASAL VERB If you give away something that you own, you give it to someone, rather than selling it, often because you no longer want it.

[V n P] He was giving his collection away for nothing...

[V P n (not pron)] We have six copies of the book to give away.

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2) PHRASAL VERB If someone gives away an advantage, they accidentally cause their opponent or enemy to have that advantage.

[V P n (not pron)] We gave away a silly goal...

[V P n (not pron)] Military advantages should not be given away. [Also V n P]

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3) PHRASAL VERB If you give away information that should be kept secret, you reveal it to other people.

[V n P] She would give nothing away...

[V P n (not pron)] They felt like they were giving away company secrets.

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4) PHRASAL VERB To give someone or something away means to show their true nature or identity, which is not obvious.

[V n P] Although they are pretending hard to be young, grey hair and cellulite give them away...

[V n P] I was never tempted for a moment to give her away. [Also V P n (not pron)]

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5) PHRASAL VERB: V n P In a Christian wedding ceremony, if someone gives the bride away, they officially present her to her husband. This is traditionally done by the bride's father.

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  • Give-away — Give a|way 〈 [gı̣vəwɛı] n.; Gen.: s, Pl.: s〉 Werbegeschenk, kostenlose Warenprobe; ein kleines Give away bekommen [Etym.: <engl. giveaway <give »geben« + away »weg«] …   Lexikalische Deutsches Wörterbuch

  • give away — give (someone/something) away to tell or show something that is private or secret. She didn t want us to know she was upset, but the look on her face gave her away. I haven t seen the movie yet, so don t give away the ending. Usage notes: said… …   New idioms dictionary

  • Give-away — [givə wei] das; s, s <zu engl. to give away »verschenken, weggeben«> Werbegeschenk, Gratisprobe …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

  • give away — [v1] reveal betray, blab*, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, inform, leak, let out, let slip, mouth*, spill, tell, uncover; concept 60 Ant. conceal, hide, secret give away [v2] unselfishly transfer award, bestow, devote, donate, hand out,… …   New thesaurus

  • give away — index abandon (relinquish), bestow, betray (disclose), cede, contribute (supply), devise ( …   Law dictionary

  • give away — ► give away 1) reveal (something secret or concealed). 2) (in sport) concede (a goal or advantage) to the opposition. Main Entry: ↑give …   English terms dictionary

  • give away — verb 1. make a gift of (Freq. 3) She gave away her antique furniture • Hypernyms: ↑give, ↑gift, ↑present • Verb Frames: Somebody s something 2. make known to the publi …   Useful english dictionary

  • Give-away — Werbegeschenk; Giveaway (umgangssprachlich) * * * Give away 〈[ gı̣vəwɛı] n. 15〉 Werbegeschenk, kostenlose Warenprobe ● ein kleines Give away bekommen [<engl. giveaway <give „geben“ + away „weg“] * * * Give away, Give|away [ gɪvəweɪ], d …   Universal-Lexikon

  • give away — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms give away : present tense I/you/we/they give away he/she/it gives away present participle giving away past tense gave away past participle given away 1) a) to tell information or facts that you should keep… …   English dictionary

  • give away — {v.} 1. To give as a present. * /Mrs. Jones has several kittens to give away./ 2. To hand over (a bride) to her husband at the wedding. * /Mr. Jackson gave away his daughter./ 3. To let (a secret) become known; tell the secret of. * /The little… …   Dictionary of American idioms

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