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be my guest

A set phrase encouraging or allowing someone else to take action. A: "Do you mind if I order another glass of wine?" B: "Not at all—be my guest."
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

Be my guest.

Help yourself.; After you. (A polite way of indicating that someone else should go first, help himself or herself to something, or take the last one of something.) Mary: I would just love to have some more cake, but there is only one piece left. Sally: Be my guest. Mary: Wow! Thanks! Jane: Here's the door. Who should go in first? Bill: Be my guest. I'll wait out here. Jane: You're so polite!
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

be my guest

Do as you wish. For example, May I drive your car?-Sure, be my guest, or Do you mind if I go to the play without you?-No, be my guest. This expression not only literally invites someone to behave as one's guest (using one's house, belongings, etc.) but also figuratively tells someone to feel free to act as he or she pleases. [Colloquial; c. 1950] Also see feel free.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

be my guest

1. You say be my guest to someone to politely give them permission to do something. `Do you mind if I use the phone?' — `Be my guest.'
2. You say be my guest to someone to say that you are happy to let them do something unpleasant or difficult instead of you. If you want to tell her the bad news, Maria, be my guest.
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Collins COBUILD Idioms Dictionary, 3rd ed. © HarperCollins Publishers 2012

be my guest

please do. informal
1988 Jay McInerney The Story of My Life I'll hurt myself, Mannie screams. Be my guest, says Rebecca.
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

be my ˈguest

(informal) used to give somebody permission to do something that they have asked to do: ‘May I look at this book?’ ‘Be my guest.’
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Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

be my guest

Go ahead, do or take what you asked for. This casual expression, current since about 1950, generally is a response to a request for something trivial, as in “May I see your program?—Be my guest.” Eric Partridge reported that the phrase was so common by 1972 that it was used for the name of a racehorse that won quite a few races.
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The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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