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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
References in classic literature ?
If they abide the shaking of my standard, or the sight of my Free Companions, I will give them credit for the boldest outlaws ever bent bow in green-wood.
We still give them credit today, making letters of credit unnecessary.
I really thought we could blow it open a couple of times, but give them credit, they kept on fighting,'' UCLA coach Kathy Olivier said.
He presents evidence that Neanderthals actually looked more like nonhuman primates yet were far more intelligent than we give them credit for.
Confused they may be, groping for answers and guidance, too--but modern teens are more savvy and experienced than most adults give them credit for being.
It shows that college people are more concerned than people give them credit for.