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an Indian giver

A person who asks the return of or takes back a gift after he or she has given it. (Potentially offensive due to the politically incorrect reference to Native Americans.) I'm sorry to be an Indian giver like this, but I'm afraid I need the $50 back that I gave you last week.
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Indian giver

One who takes or demands back one's gift to another, as in Jimmy wanted to take back Dan's birthday present, but Mom said that would make him an Indian giver . This term, now considered offensive, originally alluded to the Native American practice of expecting a gift in return for one that is given. [Colloquial; early 1800s]
See also: giver, Indian

Indian giver

Someone who gives a gift and then wants it returned. Native Americans' economy was based on the barter system; therefore, an item that colonists and settlers took to be an outright gift was expected to be reciprocated. When it was not, the giver wanted the item returned. The offensive phrase, which first appeared in mid-18th-century New England, is now rarely used . . . and properly so.
See also: giver, Indian
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One of Grant's least surprising findings is that givers can be found bunched at the bottom of the success ladder, because their trusting natures and willingness to sacrifice leaves them vulnerable to exploitation.
Bear Givers EmpowerArt program creates opportunities for young artists from around the country to experience the joy of creating art and seeing their art showcased at a special exhibit.
giving because the church, Bible, or God teaches them that it is right to give) was more common in the high givers in the EP church than high givers in the MP church.
Givers will choose gifts that are more desirable over gifts that are more practical, whereas receivers will give greater weight to the gift's practicality, they said.
When takers win, someone always loses, but when givers win, their success spreads and cascades to others in their networks.
Although some givers get exploited and burn out," he said, "the rest achieve extraordinary results across a wide range of industries.
Although we often stereotype givers as chumps and doormats, they turn out to be surprisingly successful.
A total of 100 book givers will choose from a list of 25 titles and hand out copies of their selected book across the city on April 23.
One-third of givers fall into the "empathetic giver" group.
For as yet unclear reasons, gift givers are often unable to use their experience as gift receivers to identify especially meaningful gifts for friends and loved ones, says Francis Flynn of Stanford University.
On top of that, charitable givers also benefit from deductions on their personal and corporate income taxes, in effect, a subsidy for voluntary giving.
THE Asian tsunami two years ago has turned Brits into more generous givers to charity.
The dream givers gather fragments of memories by lightly touching favored objects in the house where they work and then bestowing them on sleepers.
George Eliot's words, "Animals are such agreeable friends--they ask no questions, they pass no criticisms," sums up the universally shared feelings of pet care givers who treasure their animals.
For larger donations, Norwell says gift givers may set up a supporting foundation rather than make a direct gift.