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God's gift to man

1. Something or someone that is considered a benefit to all of mankind. Artistic expression is truly God's gift to man. Jonathan has such an inflated ego, like he's God's gift to man or something.
2. Someone who is or is considered to be extremely attractive and/or irresistible to men. Walking down the red carpet in a stunning black dress, she looked like God's gift to man.
See also: gift, man

God's gift to mankind

1. Something or someone that is considered a benefit to all of mankind. Artistic expression is truly God's gift to mankind. Jonathan has such an inflated ego, like he's God's gift to mankind or something.
2. Someone who is or is considered to be extremely attractive and/or irresistible to men. Walking down the red carpet in a stunning black dress, she looked like God's gift to mankind.
See also: gift, mankind

don't look a gift horse in the mouth

If you receive a gift, do so graciously, without voicing criticisms. The saying is attributed to St. Jerome and refers to the practice of looking at a horse's teeth to determine its age. I know Aunt Jean isn't your favorite person, but she gave you that beautiful sweater as a present, so don't look a gift horse in the mouth! A: "But I don't want this ancient car!" B: "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth, OK? You're so lucky to get a car for free!"
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth

God's gift to women

A humorous or derisive phrase used to describe a man who sees himself as very attractive and appealing to women. Mark may think that he's God's gift to women, but I know that he hasn't been on a date in months! I can't stand these arrogant guys who keep coming up to me and acting like they're God's gift to women!
See also: gift, women

never look a gift horse in the mouth

If you receive a gift, do so graciously, without voicing criticisms. The saying is attributed to St. Jerome and refers to the practice of looking at a horse's teeth to determine its age. I know Aunt Jean isn't your favorite person, but she gave you that beautiful sweater as a present, and you should never look a gift horse in the mouth! A: "But I don't want this ancient car!" B: "Never look a gift horse in the mouth, OK? You're so lucky to get a car for free!"
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth, never

beware of Greeks bearing gifts

Be skeptical of a present or kindness from an enemy. The phrase refers to the Trojan horse, a gift to the Trojans from which Greek soldiers emerged and conquered Troy. A: "I can't believe the opposing team made us cupcakes before the big game!" B: "Yeah, I'd beware of Greeks bearing gifts if I were you."
See also: bearing, beware, gift, Greek, of

Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.

Prov. Do not trust an opponent who offers to do something nice for you. (A line from the story of the Trojan horse, as told in Vergil's Aeneid.) Jill: I can't believe Melanie brought me cookies today, when we've been fighting for weeks. Jane: Beware of Greeks bearing gifts. She probably has ulterior motives. When the rival company invited all his employees to a Christmas party, Tom's first impulse was to beware of Greeks bearing gifts, but then he upbraided himself for being paranoid.
See also: bearing, beware, gift, Greek, of

free gift

something extra given to you when you buy something else. When you order your magazine subscription, this book is yours to keep as our free gift. This canvas tote is a free gift for everyone who opens an account at our bank today!
See also: free, gift

God's gift (to women)

Fig. a desirable or perfect man. (Usually sarcastic.) Tom thinks he's God's gift to women, but if the truth were known, they laugh at him behind his back. He acted like he was God's gift and I should be real grateful to be going out with him.
See also: gift

have a gift for (doing) something

Fig. to have a natural talent for doing something. Tony has a gift for writing short stories. Sharon has a gift for dealing with animals.
See also: gift, have

have the gift of gab

 and have a gift for gab
Fig. to have a great facility with language; to be able to use language very effectively. (See also have a way with words.) My brother really has the gift of gab. He can convince anyone of anything. I don't talk a lot. I just don't have the gift for gab.
See also: gab, gift, have, of

look a gift horse in the mouth

Fig. to be ungrateful to someone who gives you something; to treat someone who gives you a gift badly. (Usually with a negative.) Never look a gift horse in the mouth. I advise you not to look a gift horse in the mouth.
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth

look a gift horse in the mouth

to criticize or refuse to take something that has been offered to you I know the car's not in great condition, but you shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth.
Usage notes: usually follows never or not, as in the example
Etymology: based on the idea that you can discover a lot about a horse's condition by looking at its teeth
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth

the gift of the gab

  (British, American & Australian) also the gift of gab (American)
an ability to speak easily and confidently and to persuade people to do what you want An Irishman, he had the gift of the gab. You might hate what he said but you had to listen.
See look a gift horse in the mouth
See also: gab, gift, of

not look a gift horse in the mouth

if someone tells you not to look a gift horse in the mouth, they mean that you should not criticize or feel doubt about something good that has been offered to you Okay, it's not the job of your dreams but it pays good money. I'd be inclined not to look a gift horse in the mouth if I were you.
See look a million dollars, have a face like thunder
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth

think you are God's gift to women

  (humorous)
if a man thinks he is God's gift to women, he thinks he is extremely attractive and that all women love him He's the most arrogant man I've ever met and he thinks he's God's gift to women. Oh for goodness sake, you really think you're God's gift to women, don't you!
See can't think straight
See also: gift, think, women

get a fix

Obtain a needed dose of something, especially but not necessarily a narcotic drug. For example, Heroin addicts will do anything to get their fix, or Chris referred to her daily swim in the pool as her chlorine fix. The noun fix has been used for a narcotic dose since the 1930s, and was extended to other compulsively sought things about two decades later. Also see get a fix on.
See also: fix, get

gift of gab

Talent for verbal fluency, especially the ability to talk persuasively. For example, His gift of gab made him a wonderful salesman. [Late 1700s]
See also: gab, gift, of

look a gift horse in the mouth

Be critical or suspicious of something received at no cost. For example, Dad's old car is full of dents, but we shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. This term, generally expressed as a cautionary proverb ( Don't look a gift horse in the mouth), has been traced to the writings of the 4th-century cleric, St. Jerome, and has appeared in English since about 1500. It alludes to determining the age of a horse by looking at its teeth.
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth

get a fix

and get a gift
tv. to buy drugs; to take a dose of drugs. (Drugs.) Gert had to get home and get a fix.
See also: fix, get

get a gift

verb
See also: get, gift

the gift of gab

n. the ability to speak well in public; the ability to persuade people verbally; the ability to speak well extemporaneously. I wish I had the gift of gab. I’m just so shy.
See also: gab, gift, of

look a gift horse in the mouth

To be critical or suspicious of something one has received without expense.
See also: gift, horse, look, mouth

gift horse

Something obtained at no charge, but not without an ultimate cost. According to legend, it was Odysseus who devised the scheme of leaving a huge wooden horse in front of the gates of Troy, which the Greeks were unable to conquer (the losing side of a war traditionally left a gift for the victors). The Trojans watched the Greeks depart then dragged the horse inside their walls. Soldiers who had been hiding inside the horse surreptitiously opened the gates, the Greeks stole back inside the gates, and the rest is history. The cautionary expression “beware Greeks bearing gift” is based on the legend, as is the phrase “gift horse.” Stated another way, there ain't no free lunch
See also: gift, horse
References in classic literature ?
And then he told all that Thistle had done to show his love for her; how he had wandered far and wide to seek the Fairy gifts, and toiled long and hard to win them; how he had been loving, true, and tender, when most lonely and forsaken.
And as the crown shone on the head that Lily-Bell bent down on Thistle's breast, the forest seemed alive with little forms, who sprang from flower and leaf, and gathered round her, bringing gifts for their new Queen.
Keep your crown, Lily-Bell, for yonder come the Spirits with their gifts to Thistle," said the Brownie.
But something held him back: not so much [31] a reluctancy of temperament, or of physical constitution (common enough cause why men of undeniable gifts fail of commensurate production) but a cause purely intellectual--the presence in him, namely, of a certain vein of opinion; that other, constituent but contending, person, in his complex nature.
28-29) `"O daughter of Schoeneus, pitiless in heart, receive these glorious gifts of the goddess, golden Aphrodite.
189: As it is said in Hesiod in the "Catalogue of Women" concerning Demodoce the daughter of Agenor: `Demodoce whom very many of men on earth, mighty princes, wooed, promising splendid gifts, because of her exceeding beauty.
For far-seeing Olympian Zeus has given you a wife with many gifts and the blessed gods have brought your marriage fully to pass, and in these halls you go up to the holy bed of a daughter of Nereus.
The magi, as you know, were wise men--wonderfully wise men--who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger.
They tell you of the Old World; as if the Lord had not the power and the will to create the universe in a day, or as if he had not bestowed his gifts with an equal hand, though not with an equal mind, or equal wisdom, have they been received and used.
Yes; rivers are rare gifts to such as till the ground, as any one may see who journeys far atween the Rocky Mountains and the Mississippi.
To my weak judgment it hath ever seemed that his gifts are not equal to his wishes.
So Mr Dorrit bought a gift of each sort, and paid handsomely for it.
And without doubt the lady so crushed with gifts would find them irresistible.
Agamemnon has three daughters, Chrysothemis, Laodice, and Iphianassa; you may take the one of your choice, freely and without gifts of wooing, to the house of Peleus; he will add such dower to boot as no man ever yet gave his daughter, and will give you seven well-established cities, Cardamyle, Enope, and Hire where there is grass; holy Pheras and the rich meadows of Anthea; Aepea also, and the vine-clad slopes of Pedasus, all near the sea, and on the borders of sandy Pylos.
He may offer me ten or even twenty times what he has now done, nay--not though it be all that he has in the world, both now or ever shall have; he may promise me the wealth of Orchomenus or of Egyptian Thebes, which is the richest city in the whole world, for it has a hundred gates through each of which two hundred men may drive at once with their chariots and horses; he may offer me gifts as the sands of the sea or the dust of the plain in multitude, but even so he shall not move me till I have been revenged in full for the bitter wrong he has done me.