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give away the store

To pay or concede too much during a negotiation, exchange, or transaction. Focusing on environmental concerns, the congressional candidate has accused his opponent of giving away the store to corporate interests. You have to make your business attractively affordable, but you can't give away the store or you'll never turn a profit. I hope you didn't give away the store for that beat up old car.
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"It's now clear President Obama gave away the store to secure a weak agreement that is full of loopholes."
Creation of the Water Board still needed Albany's approval, and in return for fast tracking the poorly thought out proposal, Dyster and Elia gave away the store, allowing for three appointments to the five-member board to be made by the state Assembly, Senate and Governor's office.
Democrats will grumble that Kitzhaber and their leaders gave away the store, but the result will be of significant benefit to education at all levels and other state programs.
The operator performed badly and the operator wasn't held accountable because you gave away the store on penalties.
As far as security is concerned, March 14 foes charge that the then pro-American-pro-Saudi Fuad Saniora government "gave away the store" to U.S.
He gave away the store to the teachers and got nothing in return, one CEO told me.
The Church still had the means to counter Aristotelianism, but Vatican II gave away the store. It was "in reality only the unfolding of ...
"They gave away the store, and we were on the shelves." The Post said the growing dispute has caused a firestorm on Capitol Hill.
I find it hard to believe they gave away the store to make deals; they're too smart for that.
Clinton gave away the store at the beginning by criticizing, not defending, the role of government.