make a present of (something)

make a present of (something)

1. Literally, to give something to someone as a gift. I'm planning to make a present of this scarf I'm knitting. Maybe I'll give it to my grandmother.
2. By extension, to be so careless with one's property or possessions that it is very easy for others to steal from or exploit you. The a majority of online consumers keep making presents of their personal information by continuing to use the same, easy-to-guess passwords for all of their accounts. Don't make a present of your belongings while you're on vacation: Lock the doors and windows, put at least one light on a timer, and set the alarm before you leave the house!
See also: make, of, present

make a ˈpresent of something (to somebody)

make it easy for somebody to take or steal something from you, or to gain an advantage over you, because you have been careless: Before you go out, lock all the doors and windows. Don’t make a present of your property (to thieves).
See also: make, of, present, something