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give (something) to (someone)
1. To pass or hand something to someone Can you give these files to Bob for me? I already gave my present to Mom—was I supposed to wait?
2. To bestow or gift something to someone. I plan to give my grandmother's ring to my daughter when she turns 18. Please give this money to the landscaper when he comes by later.
give it to someone (straight)
to tell something to someone clearly and directly. Come on, give it to me straight. I want to know exactly what happened. Quit wasting time, and tell me. Give it to me straight.
give something to someone
to bestow something, such as a gift, on someone. Please give this to Sally Wilson. Who gave this book to me? I want to thank whoever it was.
give it to
Punish or reprimand, as in Dad really gave it to Tom for coming in so late. This expression, implying a physical or verbal attack, dates from the late 1500s. Also see give someone hell. In more recent times the expression gave rise to give it to someone straight, meaning "to tell someone something candidly and directly." For example, I asked the doctor to give it to use straight about Mother's condition.
give it toInformal
To punish or reprimand severely: My parents really gave it to me for coming in late.