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give the wall

To give someone else the safest place to walk (which, in earlier times, would have been the walled side of the street). Thank you for giving the wall to me, good sir. I hate walking along such dangerous streets!
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Once I had got off as much as possible, I gave the wall two full coats of masonry paint.
I just got off as many as possible then gave the wall two full coats of masonry paint.
Trying to look official I gave the wall I was standing against a gentle tap and said: "Yes, that's fine, that'll last.
for good measure : as something added or extra <We gave the wall another coat of paint for good measure.
Senate last year gave the wall the green light and President George W.
Zeta-Jones, who was dressed in black leather, gave the Wall Street star a hug, before telling reporters: "Doesn't he look great?
Art from St Alphonsus, North Ormesby Primary and Abingdon schools gave the walls a splash of colour.
Night shift workers then took over and gave the walls another coat of paint before fitting the wood-effect laminate floor.
Once the artex had completely dried, Derek gave the walls and ceiling two coats of white vinyl silk emulsion.
She gave the walls a faux finish in a pale lemon, highlighted by more white-enameled crown molding and built-in bookcases, and a cream-colored diamond-patterned carpet.
Jacqui gave the walls an aged look, building up layers of yellow colourwash, and disguised the obtrusive white fridge, boiler and washing machine with a layer of heavy silver Hammerite paint.