give away the store

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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Summary: As the Iran nuclear talks neared the endgame, some observers worried that President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry, in their eagerness for a deal, would give away the store with last-minute concessions.
If you are not stopping Iran's program, don't give away the store.
Whether they had to give away the store is a question that some officials and residents are asking, like whether flaring off all of that gas is worth the release of climate-changing greenhouse gases equal to 1 million cars, as the Times noted.
The Wholesale Beer Distributors wanted to work with craft brewers, "but not give away the store," said Randall Yarbrough, a consultant for the lobbying group.
The long-term problem is not to give away the store to Internet companies ("Incos").
I am not suggesting you give away the store, but a thoughtful re-evaluation of warranty or return policies can often save an existing customer, who will tell 10 others, versus creating a detractor by strict enforcement of your rules.
The state shouldn't give away the store - but the store needs stable prices and regular hours.
If Musharraf wasn't prepared to give away the store, the Pakistani compromises came close to it.
California leaders shouldn't have to give away the store in tax breaks and incentives to keep companies here.
More likely we will make noise and then compromise and give away the store to them.
Do we only have ourselves to blame for not being able to take these skyrocketing scrap prices in stride of was there no other option than to give away the store three to four years ago so we could hang on to work and survive?
The president is weak and ready to give away the store.
Thanks to GM and Ford's zero-percent financing, customers are still flocking to the dealerships, even though Ford predicts Detroit will have to give away the store to keep buyers coming.
Karen was able to satisfy their concerns that we weren't going to give away the store to preferred suppliers," Stark says.
One might expect artists to shield the inner working of their psyches as one would the cards in a poker hand, fearful that exposing the unconscious motives that motor the art might give away the store.