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give back

1. To return or restore something to someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "back." Give me back my sweater, you brat! Did I ever give you your pen back?
2. To act in a charitable manner, often by donating money or volunteering. I like to give back to my community by working with other volunteers to clean up our local parks.
See also: back, give
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

give someone or something back (to someone or something)

to return someone or something to someone or something. Please give it back to me. You took my lunch away from me. You had better give it back. Give back the book right now!
See also: back, give

give something back

 (to someone) (with interest)
1. Lit. to return money to someone with an additional amount for interest. You are going to have to give that money back to me with interest. Please give back the proper amount... with interest!
2. Fig. to return something to someone in excess of what was received. We will give back all your kindness to you with interest. We will give it all back with interest.
See also: back, give
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

give back

To return something: Don't forget to give the books back when you're done with them. I gave back the hammer when the job was done.
See also: back, give
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Please make sure that you indicate that you are sending the funds as 'donation to TKL Gives Back project',” Lleone announces on her website, TrishKayeLleone.Com.
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The purpose of Franchising Gives Back is not only to recognize these businesses, but to encourage others to "give back." The economic footprint of franchising is very big, providing millions of jobs and billions of dollars to the U.S.
So I encourage all IFA members to visit the Franchising Gives Back website (, and create a profile for your company, and tell us about your charitable activities.
When asked why she named the program Barbara Gives Back Potter replied, "I want people to think of my Mom and feel nothing but love and gratefulness in their hearts- just as I do.
"At the end of the cycle the winner will be sent a Barbara Gives Back winner's only coffee mug with a photo of my Mom so they can remember her.
Visit to submit a nomination and learn more about the Barbara Gives Back opportunity for you or someone you know.
We launched our first Franchising Gives Back Annual Awards Program to celebrate the stories of how IFA members have established themselves as true leaders through their commitment to giving back to their communities.
Since the launch of Franchising Gives Back and the awards program, members have visited to help build our National Registry by creating profiles for their brands and companies, and provide information about their community support programs.
Originally inspired from a desire to serve others and make a difference, we recognize that "Franchising Gives Back" can make an even bigger impact.
As the lead sponsor of "Franchising Gives Back," Roark Capital Group has partnered with the IFA Educational Foundation to launch a year-long, nationwide celebration of community leadership and the countless ways that franchise businesses support their local communities.