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give away the store

To pay or concede too much during a negotiation, exchange, or transaction. Focusing on environmental concerns, the congressional candidate has accused his opponent of giving away the store to corporate interests. You have to make your business attractively affordable, but you can't give away the store or you'll never turn a profit. I hope you didn't give away the store for that beat up old car.
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Democrats will grumble that Kitzhaber and their leaders gave away the store, but the result will be of significant benefit to education at all levels and other state programs.
The operator performed badly and the operator wasn't held accountable because you gave away the store on penalties.
The legislative Democrats initially feared him, but he quickly gave away the store.
He gave away the store to the teachers and got nothing in return, one CEO told me.
The Church still had the means to counter Aristotelianism, but Vatican II gave away the store.
They gave away the store, and we were on the shelves.
Clinton gave away the store at the beginning by criticizing, not defending, the role of government.
Gray Davis gave away the store to the tribes years ago.
Since ex-Mayor James Hahn basically gave away the store to the Department of Water and Power trying to curry union votes for re-election, every other union head now wants the same deal.
The Bush Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Game didn't protect endangered species; they gave away the store.
In short, Davis gave away the store, and now Californians are on the hook for 20 years of perpetual gouging.
There's little chance of that happening, because ``we already gave away the store.
They pretty much gave away the store with the teacher raises and now they have to make cuts that affect education of the kids,'' Buzzetti said.