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give away the store

To pay or concede too much during a negotiation, exchange, or transaction. Focusing on environmental concerns, the congressional candidate has accused his opponent of giving away the store to corporate interests. You have to make your business attractively affordable, but you can't give away the store or you'll never turn a profit. I hope you didn't give away the store for that beat up old car.
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Against this backdrop of uncertainty, the city would have to protect itself against overpaying, and EWEB would have to be sure it wasn't giving away the store.
By appeasing their conservative Catholic friends and giving away the store on exemptions, it sets a bad precedent for the future.
If Obama insisted on giving away the store, why not at least do it item by item?
In our eagerness to attract the best and brightest professors from other countries, we are giving away the store.
If we're going to address the affordable housing crisis we're not going to get anywhere if we keep giving away the store to powerful business interests," he said.
Without giving away the store, how do you report a book like this, and peel back the layers of government secrecy?
He notes that CFOs have to appear to be transparent without giving away the store, since currency positions may reveal competitive information.
For India, this is too good to be true, but US negotiators seem to have a congenital predisposition to giving away the store when they negotiate with India," said Pomper.
Palin's mandate was quite clear: clean up government and get that pipeline built without giving away the store to the majors, meaning BP, ExxonMobil and ConocoPhillips.
He cautions, however, that doing this doesn't mean giving away the store.
With Bean-Net's first-rate streaming infrastructure and BitPass' easy-to-use online payment service, we provide a lifeline that empowers these companies to gain paying customers and offer premium streaming content without giving away the store.
Additionally, some retailers are giving away the store by automatically reducing prices as a knee-jerk reaction to what they perceive their competitors are doing, without really determining if it's necessary in their stores and market, vendors reported.
And on top of that, states have been giving away the store to attract or hold corporations.
Without a doubt the gravest challenge is maintaining a stable employment base and competitors giving away the store.