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be no quarter given

To have no mercy, concession, or indulgence offered. We are at war with barbarians, soldier. There will be no quarter given if you are taken captive, and you shall give them no quarter should you capture them. The match would determine which team made it to the finals of the tournament, so there was no quarter given by either side.
See also: given, quarter

be given no quarter

To be offered no mercy, concession, or indulgence. We are at war with barbarians, soldier. You will be given no quarter if you are taken captive; likewise, you shall give them no quarter should you take them alive. This match determines if we're heading to the finals of the tournament, so make sure they are given no quarter!
See also: given, quarter

give (someone) the horn

To cause someone to become lustful or sexually excited; to sexually arouse someone. It's a little embarrassing to admit, but men in uniform totally give me the horn!
See also: give, horn

(a) quarter of (a given hour in time)

A quarter of an hour (15 minutes) before the named hour in time (e.g., "quarter of six" would mean 5:45). Primarily heard in US. A: "What time does the movie start?" B: "Not until a quarter of eight, so we've got plenty of time!" I thought I'd be home already, but with this traffic, it'll be quarter of before I'm back.
See also: given, hour, of, quarter

quarter past (a given hour in time)

A quarter of an hour (15 minutes) after the named hour in time. A: "What time does the movie start?" B: "Not until a quarter past eight, so we've got plenty of time!" I thought I'd be home already, but with this traffic, it'll be quarter past before I'm back.
See also: given, hour, past, quarter

give (one) the sack

To fire someone from a job or task. The new secretary is so rude—I need to give her the sack. I tried so hard to do a good job in Mrs. Smith's garden, but she gave me the sack anyway.
See also: give, sack

give (one) a run for (one's) money

To challenge one's ability, fortitude, or patience. Don't underestimate our opponents today—I think they'll give us a run for our money. Having an infant and a toddler sure is giving me a run for my money.
See also: give, money, run

give (one) a taste of (one's) own medicine

To do something (usually unpleasant) to someone who usually acts in the same way. Bill is always excluding me from things, so I'm going to give him a taste of his own medicine and not invite him to my party. This team likes to play tough defense, so let's give them a taste of their own medicine and not give them any space to score.
See also: give, medicine, of, own, taste

give (someone) the length of (one's) tongue

To voice one's opinion, often in an aggressive or abusive way. I thought Paul was unhappy, but I did not expect him to lash out and give me the length of his tongue like that. I can't stand being around my mom when she starts giving us the length of her tongue.
See also: give, length, of, tongue

give a basket

To reject a fiancé; to refuse to get married. The phrase comes from an old German custom of leaving a basket on a former lover's roof. I thought for sure that Denise and I were going to get married—I never expected her to give a basket to me in the end. I love Peter, but ultimately I had to give a basket to him because we just want different things in life.
See also: basket, give

give a black eye to (someone or something)

To make someone or something look bad; to damage one's reputation. That food critic's negative review really gave a black eye to my restaurant.
See also: black, eye, give

God-given right

A special privilege or authority bestowed upon someone by a higher power. Many feel that the law prohibits something that is their God-given right.
See also: right

given to doing something

likely to do something; inclined to do something habitually. Mary is given to singing in the shower. Bob is given to shouting when things don't go his way.
See also: given

given to understand

[of someone] made to believe [something]. (See also give someone to understand.) They were given to understand that there would be no tax increase, but after the election taxes went up. She was given to understand that she had to be home by midnight.
See also: given, understand

Nothing is given so freely as advice.

Prov. People will give you advice more willingly than they give you anything else. Although no one in my family was willing to give me a loan, they all had suggestions about how I could get the money from elsewhere. Nothing is given so freely as advice. Don't hesitate to ask people what they think you ought to do. Nothing is given so freely as advice.
See also: advice, freely, given, nothing

given half a chance

allowed any opportunity Given half a chance, most writers would rather talk about a project than work on it.
Usage notes: also used in the form give someone/something half a chance: If we give Geoff half a chance, he could paint that kind of portrait.
See also: chance, given, half

given to doing something

to be likely to do something Members of the academic community are given to attending meetings and conferences.
Usage notes: usually used after be, as in the example
See also: given

get the axe

  also be given the axe
1. if a person gets the axe, they lose their job Senior staff are more likely to get the axe because the company can't afford their high salaries.
2. if a plan or a service gets the axe, it is stopped My research project was the first thing to be given the ax when the new boss took over.
See also: axe, get

get the chop

  also be given the chop
1. (British informal) if a person gets the chop, they lose their job Anyone who argued with the foreman was liable to be given the chop.
2. (British informal) if a plan or a service gets the chop, it is stopped Our local bus service got the chop, so I have to walk to work or use the car.
See also: chop, get

a God-given right

if someone thinks they have a God-given right to do something, they think they should be allowed to do it even if other people do not like it (often + to do sth) He seems to think he has a God-given right to tell us all what to do.
See also: right

given half a/the chance

  (informal)
if someone would do something given half a chance, they would certainly do it if they had the opportunity He'd steal from his own grandmother, given half the chance. Given half a chance I'd leave this job today.
See also: chance, given, half

given to

Tending toward, inclined to, as in She was given to eating crackers in bed. [Late 1500s]
See also: given
References in classic literature ?
Ulysses answered, "I see that you are of an unbelieving mind; I have given you my oath, and yet you will not credit me; let us then make a bargain, and call all the gods in heaven to witness it.
Eliot gave them occasionally an apple or a cake; and the adults were requested to repeat to them the instructions that had been given.
A great loss to me at any rate,' answered the Miller; 'why, I had as good as given him my wheelbarrow, and now I really don't know what to do with it.
As an example of this, there are two ladies in New York, whose names rarely appear in print, but who, in a quiet way, have given us the means with which to erect three large and important buildings during the last eight years.
I can hardly imagine any occurrence which could have given me more genuine satisfaction than the receipt of this draft.
O my soul, I have given thee everything, and all my hands have become empty by thee:--and now
O my soul, now have I given thee all, and even my last possession, and all my hands have become empty by thee:--THAT I BADE THEE SING, behold, that was my last thing to give!
A physical law does not say "A will be followed by B," but tells us what acceleration a particle will have under given circumstances, i.
It is generally assumed that, given any event, there is some one phenomenon which is THE cause of the event in question.
1) All the appearances of different stars in a given place, or,
Not a single merchant ever buys a forest without counting the trees, unless they get it given them for nothing, as you're doing now.
The repentance of her lover at the Bath, and how brought by the just alarm of his fit of sickness to abandon her; the just caution given there against even the lawful intimacies of the dearest friends, and how unable they are to preserve the most solemn resolutions of virtue without divine assistance; these are parts which, to a just discernment, will appear to have more real beauty in them all the amorous chain of story which introduces it.
Our surgeon charged the men to cause the meat to be boiled while they stayed, and to keep guard in the cook-room, to prevent the men taking it to eat raw, or taking it out of the pot before it was well boiled, and then to give every man but a very little at a time: and by this caution he preserved the men, who would otherwise have killed themselves with that very food that was given them on purpose to save their lives.
At the same time I ordered the mate to go into the great cabin, and see what condition the poor passengers were in; and if they were alive, to comfort them, and give them what refreshment was proper: and the surgeon gave him a large pitcher, with some of the prepared broth which he had given the mate that was on board, and which he did not question would restore them gradually.
However, as their captain begged of us to help him to set up a main-topmast, and a kind of a topmast to his jury fore-mast, we did, as it were, lie by him for three or four days; and then, having given him five barrels of beef, a barrel of pork, two hogsheads of biscuit, and a proportion of peas, flour, and what other things we could spare; and taking three casks of sugar, some rum, and some pieces of eight from them for satisfaction, we left them, taking on board with us, at their own earnest request, the youth and the maid, and all their goods.