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be just before you're generous

Fulfill your duties before engaging in fun activities. This phrase is often used to refer to financial matters. Put some of your paycheck in savings right away—be just before you're generous. You need to clean your room before you go out with your friends. Be just before you're generous.
See also: before, generous, just

to a fault

To an extreme to excessive degree; more than is usual or necessary. Jim is polite to a fault—it can actually be a little bit irritating sometimes. The police sergeant is honest to a fault, following every regulation and guideline without question.
See also: fault

generous to a fault

Prone to generosity, perhaps excessively so. Of course you gave Sean money again—you're generous to a fault.
See also: fault, generous

Be just before you're generous.

Prov. Do what you ought to do before you do things that you want to do; pay your debts before you give money away. Jill: It's payday! I can't wait to go out and buy my niece that nice toy train set for her birthday. Jane: But, Jill, we have bills to pay. Be just before you're generous.
See also: before, generous, just

generous to a fault

Cliché too generous; overly generous. My favorite uncle is generous to a fault. Sallyalways generous to a fault—gave away her lunch to a homeless man.
See also: fault, generous

to a fault

Excessively, extremely, as in He was generous to a fault. This phrase, always qualifying an adjective, has been so used since the mid-1700s. Indeed, Oliver Goldsmith had this precise usage in The Life of Richard Nash (1762).
See also: fault

to a fault

COMMON If someone has a good quality to a fault, they have more of this quality than is usual or necessary. She was generous to a fault and tried to see that we had everything we needed. He's honest to a fault, brave, dedicated, and fiercely proud of the New York Police Department.
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— to a fault

(of someone or something displaying a particular commendable quality) to an extent verging on excess.
1995 Bill Bryson Notes from a Small Island Anyway, that's the kind of place Bournemouth is—genteel to a fault and proud of it.
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to a ˈfault

(written) used to say that somebody has a lot, or even too much of a particular good quality: He was generous to a fault.
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to a fault

To an excessive degree: generous to a fault.
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to a fault

Excessively so. This locution, which is always applied to a quality that is inherently good but may not be so in excess—for example, “generous to a fault”—dates from the nineteenth century. The fault in question, of course, is that of excess. Robert Browning used it in The Ring and the Book (1868), “Faultless to a fault”—that is, too perfect. A similar phrase is to a fare-the-well, but it implies perfection and not necessarily excess. For example, “The table was decorated to a fare-the-well; nothing was lacking.” See also too much of a good thing.
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Better yet, generous government funding pays for that care.
Underlying these political debates is a foundational moral question: Why is it good to be generous? For those who take morality to be a studied exercise in impartiality among persons, the answer comes quickly enough.
So generous are government pensions, in fact, and so poorly are they financed for the future, that, absent serious reforms, the eventual price tag could trigger a financial crash that will make the S&L crisis look like a Big Wheels pile-up at the local playground.
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Regal Films' Lily Monteverde was the one who spilled how generous Pascual is, during her opening speech at the recent press conference for the film 'Northern Lights: A Journey to Love'.
In Generous Ransom, he may never have a better chance of grabbing the Paddy Power cash as the seven-year-old has crept in at the foot of the weights.
Nearly one in three (30%) of those surveyed highlighted tourists from France as the worst at tipping, with British holidaymakers coming in second, with one in five (21%) bars voting Britons as the least generous tippers.
Sarasota, FL, May 07, 2014 --(PR.com)-- As a result of recently closed real estate transactions, Marla Doss of Community Haven was presented with a donation from Troy & Joyce Sacco of Generous Property.
PAUL COLE yesterday paid a warm tribute to his dual Derby and King George winner Generous, who died on Tuesday at the age of 25.
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SET in generous grounds, this detached bungalow has two or three bedrooms.
A COLLECTION on Northumberland Street in Newcastle on December 19 saw team members raise a total of pounds 2,280.19 from generous members of the public.
I never hear our MPs, Mrs Hilary Armstrong or Mr Jones (pictured) stand up and ask for the same generous compensation deal for the steelworkers, the shipyard workers or the asbestos workers who are suffering the same diseases as the miners.
MARKET traders handed over a generous pounds 5,000 donation to a worthy cause.
By choosing which of three dice to roll, this player could try to keep all the money, a tactic referred to as "stingy" in this study; give the money to a second player, a behavior called "generous"; or split the money evenly, called "fair."