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credit (something) to (someone or something)

1. To apply a payment to a financial account belonging to someone or something. Now, which account should I credit this payment to?
2. To give someone praise, admiration, or acknowledgement for some task, achievement, or accomplishment. Jenny did all the hard parts of the project, so we need to credit the work to her.
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 (for something)
1. praise or recognition for one's role in something. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) Especially with a lot of ~, much ~.) Mary should get a lot of credit for the team's success. Each of the team captains should get credit.
2. praise or recognition of someone for having a particular quality. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) We give her a lot of credit for her ability to get people to work out their differences. We will give credit to Sharon for her good humor.
3. credit granted to someone's account for some other financial transaction. (*Typically: get ~; have ~; give someone ~.) I will give you credit for the returned merchandise. We got credit for the check Brian sent us.

credit something to someone or something

1. Lit. to record a sum owed to the account of someone or something. I will credit this payment to your account. I am afraid that I accidentally credited your payment to George.
2. Fig. to give someone or something well-deserved praise. The entire organization credited much praise to Jeff. We had to credit much of our success to simple good luck.
See also: credit, to

credit to someone or something

of value or benefit to someone or something; of enough value or worth as to enhance someone or something. I always want to be a credit to my school. John is not what you would call a credit to his family.
See also: credit, to
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Now you've come, you must try to do right and be a credit to us.'
"Ho, landlord!" cried the Peddler, "bring this good fellow another pot of ale, for truly it is a credit to us all to have one among us who can empty a canakin so lustily."
That's credit to us and we managed the game very well.
We dug in and we obviously got the result in the end, which was credit to us boys up front."
Our young royals are a credit to us I'm not an out and out monarchist, but the more I see of the dukes of Cambridge and Sussex and their wives, the more confident I become that our monarchy is in good hands for the future.
We were expecting a tough game as we always do in this league, but it was credit to us we limited them to very little chances.
" even street shop keepers and vendors have refused to provide commodities on credit to us due to non clearance of their last 3 months dues by them, the female teachers said while expressing their grave concern over being kept deprived of their salaries.
"The directors are committed to helping to develop the skills of the team, and their support was invaluable in gaining the experience and expertise required to fulfil that ambition." Patrick Downes, head of planning at Harris Lamb, said: "Suki is a real inspiration and a credit to us."
Keep up the good work Dan you're a credit to us all.
22 December 2011 - Doral Healthcare Finance said on Wednesday it had extended a USD7m (EUR5.4m), three-year revolving credit to US medical device firm Zynex Inc (OTCBB:ZYXI) and its subsidiaries.
2 November 2011 - GE Capital Franchise Finance said Tuesday it had extended a USD25m (EUR18.2m) revolving line of credit to US fast-food restaurants operator Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers.
"When you play in the Premier League, you know teams are going to throw everything at you and it was credit to us that we defended well and did not really give much away.
We hear so much bad press of our younger generation but these guys were a credit to us.
Skiverton said: "Shaun MacDonald is very talented player, and it's a credit to us to have got him back from Swansea.
He and other teenagers on the team are a credit to us all.