give credit


Also found in: Legal.

give (someone) credit

1. To give someone praise or recognition. We must give Samantha credit for getting the project finished on time. You have to give John credit for the humility he shows regarding his financial success.
2. To grant or extend financial credit to someone. The shop gave us credit for the faulty television we bought last week. If the bank agrees to give me credit, I'll finally be able to get my business up and running.
See also: credit, give

give credit

1. Also, extend credit. Trust someone to pay at some future time what he or she owes. For example, I haven't enough cash this month, so I hope they'll give me credit. This use of credit dates from the mid-1500s.
2. Acknowledge an accomplishment, as in They really should give her credit for the work she's done. [Late 1700s] The phrase is sometimes amplified to give credit where credit is due, meaning the acknowledgment should be to the person who deserves it. This expression was probably coined by Samuel Adams in a letter (October 29, 1777), which put it: "Give credit to whom credit due." It is sometimes put give someone their due, as in We should really give Nancy her due for trying to sort out this mess.
See also: credit, give
References in periodicals archive ?
'You have to give credit to how this team is playing together.'
Few Americans Give Credit to Both Presidents; Few Give Credit to Neither
As Clive Turner does in his article re the Paphos clinic, I 'd like to give credit where credit is due:
"I have to give credit to my husband for sharing those views.
The NCUA announced a new call report schedule Tuesday that is intended to set a standard deadline for the reports and to give credit unions more time to file them.
Greg Abbott this month will require the state's colleges and universities to give credit for scores of three or higher on many AP tests, which are graded on a five-point scale.
Do you regularly give credit to your team for the success of your business?
"Sushma very cleverly sought to give credit for the bill to her party by saying that they rejected the original bill, and at the same time, gave credit to Anna Hazare.
Once shared, the post will give credit to the person from whom you have shared it by saying via and then the name of the person or page.
"We have to know the qualities in our team and of course we are happy to have Yaya but we have to give credit to the whole team because we play good football and are defensively solid."
* Copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not.
But let's give credit where credit is due, and congratulate Lord Coe on an idea that's a worthy winner.
The woman was asked to give credit card details over the phone or risk being cut off.
She is an excellent straight actress, so give credit where credit is due.