give (one) (one's) dues

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give (one) (one's) dues

1. To give someone the appropriate payment for services or work that they have done. After intense negotiations, the local government will finally be giving rural farmers their dues.
2. To give someone that which they deserve, which can be a reward or retribution, depending on the situation. Don't worry about those stool pigeons, we'll be sure to give them their dues. After all her hard work, I really hope the company finally gives Mary her dues.
See also: due, give
References in classic literature ?
His first measure was to read the warrant aloud, taking care to give due emphasis to the most material parts, and concluding with the name of the Judge in very audible and distinct tones.
This is an affair in which you ought to act honestly with both sides, and give due warning, to avoid compromising others.