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distance lends enchantment (to the view)
When one is removed from something, it becomes deceptively appealing. But you hated that rickety old house when we lived there! Remember that distance lends enchantment to the view.
lend an ear (to)
To listen to someone, especially when they are discussing a problem. Sorry I'm late, I had to lend an ear to Jane. She's been going through a lot lately. Thank you for lending an ear, I feel much better now that I've gotten that off my chest. Please lend an ear to Ian, who will be giving us an update about the last quarter.
lend itself to (something)
To be suited for (something), especially some kind of purpose or use. This fabric really lends itself to evening wear. The chefs are always looking for versatile ingredients that lend themselves to many dishes.
Distance lends enchantment (to the view).
Prov. Things that are far away from you appear better than they really are. Jill: High school was the happiest time of my life. Jane: But that was fifteen years ago. I think distance lends enchantment to the view.
lend a hand
(to someone) Go to lend (someone) a hand.
lend an ear to someone or somethingand lend your ear to someone or something
Fig. to listen to someone or what someone has to say. Lend an ear to me and I will tell you a story. Lend your ear to what I am saying.
lend color to something
Fig. to provide an interesting accompaniment for something. Your clever comments lent a great deal of color to the slide show of your vacation. The excellent master of ceremonies will lend color to an otherwise dry panel discussion.
lend oneself or itself to something
Fig. [for someone or something] to be adaptable to something; [for someone or something] to be useful for something. This room doesn't lend itself to bright colors. John doesn't lend himself to casual conversation. I don't think that this gown lends itself to outdoor occasions.
lend (someone) a handand lend a hand (to someone)
Fig. to give someone some help, not necessarily with the hands. Could you lend me a hand with this piano? I need to move it across the room. Could you lend a hand with this math assignment? I'd be happy to lend a hand.
lend someone a hand with something
Fig. to help someone with something. (This need not involve "hands.") Could you please lend us a hand with this? Can I lend you a hand with that?
lend something out (to someone)
to allow someone to borrow something. I lent my tuxedo out to a friend who was going to a dance, and now I haven't anything to wear to the opera. I lent out my copy of the book. Sorry, I lent it out.
lend something to someone
to make a loan of something to someone. Never lend money to a friend. Would you be able to lend your coat to Fred?
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Lend your money and lose your friend.
Prov. You should not lend money to your friends; if you do, either you will have to bother your friend to repay the loan, which will make your friend resent you, or your friend will not repay the loan, which will make you resent your friend. Bill: Joe needs a hundred dollars to pay his landlord. I'm thinking about lending it to him. Alan: Lend your money and lose your friend.
give a hand
1. Also, lend a hand. Help a person, as in Let me give you a hand with those chairs, or Jane is always willing to lend a hand with refreshments. [Mid-1800s]
2. Also, give a big hand. Give an enthusiastic round of applause, as in Please give her a hand. One can also be given applause or get a big hand, as in This speaker always gets a big hand. [Early 1800s]
lend a hand
Also, lend a helping hand. Be of assistance, as in Can you lend them a hand with putting up the flag, or Peter is always willing to lend a helping hand around the house. [Late 1500s]
lend color to
Embellish, especially to give the appearance of truth. For example, I'm sure he lied about reaching the summit; that detailed account about losing his pack merely lent color to the story . This expression uses color in the sense of "appearance of authenticity." [Late 1700s]
lend itself to
Adapt to, be suitable for. For example, The Bible lends itself to numerous interpretations, or This plot of land lends itself to a variety of uses. [Mid-1800s]
lend one's ear
Also, lend an ear. Pay attention, listen, as in "Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears" (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar, 3:2). This idiom may be obsolescent. [Late 1300s]
lend an earor
lend a sympathetic ear
If you lend an ear or lend a sympathetic ear to someone or their problems, you listen to them carefully and with concern. My mother was always willing to lend an ear and offer what advice she could. My colleagues lent a sympathetic ear to my complaints but could do nothing to help.
lend (someone) a hand
COMMON If you lend a hand or lend someone a hand, you help someone to do something. If I'd known, I'd have been glad to lend a hand — you should have called me up. I do the cooking and Bryan lends a hand with the washing-up. Could you lend me a hand with these books, please? Note: A hand is used in many other structures with a similar meaning. I used to give Mary a hand with the catering. Need a hand with those? I could see you'd want a hand with the children.
lend (or give) colour tomake something seem true or probable.
1991 J. Rusbridger The Intelligence Game Nothing should be done that would lend colour to any suggestion that it [the Security Service] is concerned with the interests of any particular section of the community.
give (or lend) a handassist in an action or enterprise.
lend an ear (or your ears)listen to someone sympathetically or attentively.
lend your name to somethingallow yourself to be publicly associated with something.
lend ˈcolour to something(British English) (American English lend ˈcolor to something) make something seem probable: The tracks outside the house lend colour to her claim that somebody tried to break in last night.
lend an ˈear (to somebody/something)listen to what somebody is telling you: He’s a good friend. He’s always ready to lend a sympathetic ear.
lend (somebody) a ˈhand (with something)help somebody (to do something): I saw two men pushing a broken-down car along the road so I stopped to lend them a hand. ♢ She stayed with us for three weeks and didn’t once lend a hand with the housework!
lend your ˈname to something(formal) let it be known in public that you support or agree with something: Famous actors sometimes lend their names to political causes.
lend supˈport, ˈweight, ˈcredence, etc. to somethingmake something seem more likely to be true or genuine: This latest evidence lends support to her theory.
lend a hand
To be of assistance.
lend (itself) to
To accommodate or offer itself to; be suitable for: "The presidency does not lend itself to on the job training" (Joe Biden).
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