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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.
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He went; and, it being at any time a much simpler operation to Catherine to doubt her own judgment than Henry's, she was very soon obliged to give him credit for being right, however disagreeable to her his going.
An impression of disappointment, occasioned by the discovery that Mr Clennam scarcely possessed that delicacy for which, in the confidence of his nature, he had been inclined to give him credit, began to darken the fatherly mind in connection with that gentleman.
He's sitting there over his bottle--and how they can give him credit, I cannot understand.
He sometimes takes a grand leap from Point A to Point D, but give him credit for his great imagination and enthusiasm to find a story line.
I'll give him credit for a beautiful painting, but when he says "He's for us" in talking about George Bush, I wonder which "us" he's talking about.
Give Him Credit lived up to his name when beating the
two-length triumph, Give Him Credit is owned by Linda Tounsend, and carried the colours of her late husband Tim.
Photo: ``God has had his hand on this football team, and the Bible says that he's looking around for people who are going to give glory to him and who are going to give him credit.
God has had his hand on this football team, and the Bible says that he's looking around for people who are going to give glory to him and who are going to give him credit.
Give Him Credit turned over the odds-on Hansard in the Prince of My Heart Maiden Stakes at Catterick yesterday.
The horses were very ill and we had to get rid of most of them as far as racing was concerned and start all over again," she revealed, after 25-1 shot Give Him Credit had continued the yard's revival.
The lord gives everybody a talent, and I give him credit for what I got,'' says Stanley, who turns 79 on Feb.
I'll give him credit for the most corrupt administration in our history.