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be just before you're generous

Fulfill your duties before engaging in fun activities. This phrase is often used to refer to financial matters. Put some of your paycheck in savings right away—be just before you're generous. You need to clean your room before you go out with your friends. Be just before you're generous.
See also: before, generous, just

Be just before you're generous.

Prov. Do what you ought to do before you do things that you want to do; pay your debts before you give money away. Jill: It's payday! I can't wait to go out and buy my niece that nice toy train set for her birthday. Jane: But, Jill, we have bills to pay. Be just before you're generous.
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generous to a fault

Cliché too generous; overly generous. My favorite uncle is generous to a fault. Sallyalways generous to a fault—gave away her lunch to a homeless man.
See also: fault, generous

to a fault

more than is necessary She was generous to a fault, taking me out to dinner and buying me expensive gifts.
Usage notes: used after an adjective that describes one of someone's good characteristics
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to a fault

if someone is generous or has another good quality to a fault, they are very generous or have more of that good quality than other people Nigel was generous to a fault, taking me out to dinner and buying me flowers and chocolates.
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to a fault

Excessively, extremely, as in He was generous to a fault. This phrase, always qualifying an adjective, has been so used since the mid-1700s. Indeed, Oliver Goldsmith had this precise usage in The Life of Richard Nash (1762).
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to a fault

To an excessive degree: generous to a fault.
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Many of them shared with us their stories as to why they gave so generously, either because they had directly benefited from vital research into heart disease pionered by BHF scientists over the years or where loved ones have sought advice and support from iur information and support services.
The Governor urged the well-off and philanthropists to donate generously for IDPs and help make military operation against terrorists a success.
These are uncertain economic times for many, but I urge you to give generously and to give early, so CERF can help as many people as possible in 2014," the Secretary General said.
Muscat: The Indian School Muscat family donated generously to Dar Al Atta'a, a social welfare organisation recognised by the Ministry of Social Affairs.
Even if you can only spare loose change, give generously.
And on the subject of thanks, Mr and Mrs Machi and would like to pass on their appreciation to family and friends who joined them to celebrate their Golden wedding and gave pounds 1000 which the couple generously donated to Myton.
Elephant Tom's wife, "Elli" is shown as a generously warm and charming creature, while daughter "Siri" is designed as a dreamy elephant girl, and son "Timo", as a rather clumsy little rowdy.
Collection buckets were also placed throughout the store to encourage customers to give generously.
Buckets were placed throughout the store to encourage customers to give generously.
From the 116 participants, three semi-finalists from each country were chosen and will receive cash prizes of $1,400 for first place, $800 for second place and $600 for third place, generously provided by Sasol Chevron.
Mori's high-school class provided the labor for the Capps' home renovation project, and the townspeople responded generously to Mori's requests for donations of materials or time.
Worse yet, the contractor is none other than Tutor-Saliba, the Sylmar- based company that has a history of donating generously to politicians while ending up in disputes over shoddy work and inflated billing on public-works contracts.
More than half the units are two bedrooms or larger, generously sized at under-market rents.
I had a chance to meet the Craig family and thank them for their previous contributions to the DAV and was most impressed with Rachel and Christina on their awareness of the war in Iraq and Afghanistan and their willingness to donate so generously to the DAV.