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give (oneself) away

To reveal or make known—usually unintentionally—something about oneself, such as one's actions, intentions, ideas, guilt, etc. Margaret had been embezzling money from the corporate account for years, but she finally gave herself away when she claimed her two-month trip to Paris as a business expense. I wanted my acceptance to Harvard to be a surprise, but I gave myself away when I mentioned about moving in the autumn.
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give someone or something away

to reveal a secret about someone or something. I thought no one knew where I was, but my loud breathing gave me away. We know that Billy ate the cherry pie. The cherry juice on his shirt gave him away. I had planned a surprise, but John gave away my secret.
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give someone away

 (to someone)
1. Fig. [for the bride's father] to give the bride away to the groom. (Customarily done just prior to the actual marriage ceremony.) Mr. Franklin gave Amy away to Terry just as he had done in the rehearsal. He was reluctant to give his daughter away.
2. Fig. to reveal something secret about someone to someone else. Please don't give me away. I don't want anyone to know my plans. Alice did everything she could to keep from giving herself away.
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give something away

 (to someone)
1. to donate to, or bestow something upon, someone. I gave the old clothing away to Tom. I gave away my coat to Tom.
2. to tell a secret to someone. Please don't give the surprise away to anyone. Don't give away my secret.
3. to reveal the answer to a question, riddle, or problem to someone. Don't give the answer away to them! Don't give away the answer!
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give away

1. Make a gift of, bestow, as in I decided to give away all my plants. [c. 1400]
2. Present a bride to the groom in a marriage ceremony, as in Her father gave Karen away. [c. 1700]
3. Reveal or make something known, often unintentionally; also, betray or expose someone. For example, She gave away her true feelings, or He gave away his accomplices. This idiom is sometimes put as give oneself away, as in If you don't want the family to know about your gambling, don't give yourself away by spending your winnings . [Late 1800s]
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give away

1. To relinquish something; give something to another: The store is giving away free samples of cheese. I gave my old clothes away to charity.
2. To present a bride to her bridegroom at a wedding ceremony: Very often, the father gives away the bride. I gave my daughter away at her wedding.
3. To reveal something or make something known, often accidentally; divulge something: The preview gave away the film's surprise ending. The tone of the teacher's voice gave the answer away.
4. To betray someone: I tried to pass for a local resident, but my accent gave me away.
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The company is ready to give away the design unit citing a fragile business case as the reason, and Tata Motors has held its investments in the unit for the time being.
Kalyan's second give away of the novel, the first one having been announced on SiNApSE Blog a few weeks back.
The couple run a Mexican catering business called Midnight Carousel in Huddersfield and plan to give away such as quesadillas and chilli to the needy on Christmas Day.
We've got more than 500 FREE tickets to give away at New Year's Day fixtures up and down the country.
If we put the statistics into a more appropriate context we'll find that the best teams do not receive more penalties than they should and do not give away fewer than they should.
Warren Buffet, an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist, pledged in 2006 to steadily give away 99% of all his wealth.
AN ITV1 show which saw comedy character Keith Lemon give away a puppy as a prize has been cleared by the TV watchdog.
The OFA will also be picking 20 lucky winners from the crowd at random on June 8 to give away RO4,000 worth of cash prizes to some of the national team's best supporters.
The 'Flying Britain Home' Facebook promotion is offering flights from 20 selected destinations around the world, with 12 tickets per flight to give away. Destinations available include former Olympic host cities, as well as countries which are popular with ex-pats, including; Sydney, Moscow, New York, Hong Kong, Cape Town, Beijing and Los Angeles.
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Half of these are donated directly to hospitals, prisons and care homes, while the other half go to "givers", who each have 24 books to give away free among individuals in their communities.
WARWICKSHIRE anticipate a bumper crowd for their T20 match against Worcestershire at Edgbaston on June 15 after Marston's Pedigree, agreed to give away 10,000 tickets for the match.
Public money is being looted, If Nawaz has some interest in giving away laptops to brilliant students, and he should have to show the moral value to give away from his own pocket.