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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.
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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.
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I sometimes think I ought to give him credit for the good feeling he simulates so well; and then again, I think it is my duty to suspect him under the peculiar circumstances in which I am placed.
The only stipulation he would make in his own favour was, that she should give him credit for the best intentions.
But two senior judges at the Court of Appeal have said the time he will serve should be cut by 241 days to give him credit for the time he spent on a tag.
Shiels reckons the striker's treble deserves special recognition given the calibre of defender he was up against .Hearts had three Scotland international s in their back four - Darren Barr, Danny Wilson and Andy Webster - and Shiels said: "You have to give him credit because he put his chances away really well.
Clients quoted in the guide describe Sorini as being "at the pinnacle of his career and unquestionably the standout name in the sector" and give him credit for helping make the practice "the success story that it is today."
But I have to give him credit now for appointing Roy Hodgson - and backing him in his job.
But you've got to give him credit: At least he signed it in the light of day, unlike Howard Dean, the former Vermont governor who signed the bill "in the closet," as they say, out of sight, but not quite out of mind.
"But I have to give him credit, he played extremely well.
However, I must give him credit for his ride on Regal Connection (traded at a high of 21 in running), who battled back to deny Opera Comica under a forceful ride at Hamilton.
Of course it's time for him to go, but give him credit for keeping Villa financially viable.
I'll give him credit for a beautiful painting, but when he says "He's for us" in talking about George Bush, I wonder which "us" he's talking about.
"The horses were very ill and we had to get rid of most of them as far as racing was concerned and start all over again," she revealed, after 25-1 shot Give Him Credit had continued the yard's revival.
Give him credit, though, for joining the basketball team in an effort to meet new buds.
People give him credit for ending the Cold War, but nobody mentions the fact that he was the very same nuclear cowboy responsible for heating up the damn thing by talking about limited nuclear warfare--which is a lot like saying partial total destruction.
"I give him credit for not going after affirmative action, but Republicans like Watts and Colin Powell must be willing to raise the decibel level of their opposition to what the party is doing when it comes to black folks," says Howard University political science professor Alvin Thornton.