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give back

1. To return or restore something to someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "give" and "back." Give me back my sweater, you brat! Did I ever give you your pen back?
2. To act in a charitable manner, often by donating money or volunteering. I like to give back to my community by working with other volunteers to clean up our local parks.
See also: back, give
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

give someone or something back (to someone or something)

to return someone or something to someone or something. Please give it back to me. You took my lunch away from me. You had better give it back. Give back the book right now!
See also: back, give

give something back

 (to someone) (with interest)
1. Lit. to return money to someone with an additional amount for interest. You are going to have to give that money back to me with interest. Please give back the proper amount... with interest!
2. Fig. to return something to someone in excess of what was received. We will give back all your kindness to you with interest. We will give it all back with interest.
See also: back, give
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

give back

v.
To return something: Don't forget to give the books back when you're done with them. I gave back the hammer when the job was done.
See also: back, give
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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References in classic literature ?
Then he fell on his knees before the fairy, and prayed her to give him back his dear Jorinda: but she laughed at him, and said he should never see her again; then she went her way.
"I promised when she'd growed up and brought pigs, we'd give him back two for one," Martin hastily explained.
He's willing to take a chance, but if you get a crop he wants you should give him back an extra three hundred."
The 28-year-old Palestinian employee, T.A., was said to have dated the 31-year-old French stewardess in 2013 for a while before he threatened her over the phone, saying he would kill her if she did not give him back his cheques.
"So let's give him back something for this summer's spending, so he will do whatever it takes to get to the next level."
"But I did give him back four watches that were stolen at the same time, but one of them was not his so he gave it back to me."
Should she give him back to his dad, Ste, or go along with her husband Daniel's evil plan to sell the poor baby for adoption?
The Labor Department then ordered EG&G Defense Materials to rehire Jones and give him back pay and $50,000 in compensatory damages.