give credit


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give credit

1. Also, extend credit. Trust someone to pay at some future time what he or she owes. For example, I haven't enough cash this month, so I hope they'll give me credit. This use of credit dates from the mid-1500s.
2. Acknowledge an accomplishment, as in They really should give her credit for the work she's done. [Late 1700s] The phrase is sometimes amplified to give credit where credit is due, meaning the acknowledgment should be to the person who deserves it. This expression was probably coined by Samuel Adams in a letter (October 29, 1777), which put it: "Give credit to whom credit due." It is sometimes put give someone their due, as in We should really give Nancy her due for trying to sort out this mess.
See also: credit, give
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Tabitha Twitchit immediately raised the price of everything a half-penny; and she continued to refuse to give credit.
This incident, however, being afterwards revived in her mind, and placed in the most odious colours by Honour, served to heighten and give credit to those unlucky occurrences at Upton, and assisted the waiting-woman in her endeavours to make her mistress depart from that inn without seeing Jones.
Greg Abbott this month will require the state's colleges and universities to give credit for scores of three or higher on many AP tests, which are graded on a five-point scale.
We have to know the qualities in our team and of course we are happy to have Yaya but we have to give credit to the whole team because we play good football and are defensively solid.
The woman was asked to give credit card details over the phone or risk being cut off.
you've got to give credit to the players for the way they went after the game.
The customary elements of this long-standing wonderful series remain in place: Constable Hamish Macbeth's romantic life remains in flux, he is content to solve crimes in the little fishing village of Lochdubh in the Scottish Highlands but give credit to anyone else because he doesn't want a promotion and wants to remain there with his dog and tamed wild cat.
Julian Montoya of Burrito King said the bidding process did not give credit for all he has done over the years and there was no justification for changing the operation.
Cite It Right spells out exactly how to give credit where credit is due in circles where being "by the book" in one's references and citations is absolutely critical to earning good grades, furthering one's career, creating a professional-quality paper, and avoiding even the slightest possibility of unintentional plagiarism.
In a relaxed public address, Hadid avoided the opportunity to appear triumphant, choosing instead to give credit to her long-term collaborator Patrik Schumacher, and project architects Jim Heverin and Tiago Correia.
The conventional banking system was reluctant to give credit to those who were too poor to provide any form of guarantee or needed only small amounts of money to get themselves started.
Give credit where credit is due: MySpace is the place to find new music, especially now, when radio sucks more than ever.
To give credit where credit is due is a virtue that should be repeated.
He'll give credit to your ideas to make you feel accomplished.
Give credit where it's due, and flex my rock nerd muscles.