give (one) the benefit of (something)

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give (one) the benefit of (something)

To explain something to one in great detail, often when doing so is unwelcome or unappreciated. Yes, Aunt Ida was so kind as to give me the benefit of the whole story of how she bought peaches by mistake.
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give someone the benefit of

— explain or recount to someone at length (often used ironically when someone pompously or impertinently assumes that their knowledge or experience is superior to that of the person to whom they are talking).
1999 Stage Our courses are delivered by 2 current TV personalities who will give you the benefit of their 6 years experience.
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I give him the benefit of the doubt, as the lawyers say.
"Of course there's no one to tell us whose fault that was," said Jerry, "and as long as I don't know I shall give him the benefit of the doubt; for a firmer, neater stepper I never rode.
If, in remembrance of the pains bestowed upon you there, you can persuade yourself in any degree to disregard your present interest and release my son, I entreat and pray you to give him the benefit of that remembrance.'
So I think this time you give him the benefit of the doubt.
It is beyond belief that he has resorted to using the columns of The Journal- and for ncjMedia to deign to give him the benefit of the column inches - to tell the world that he's lost the contents of his email boxes ("Please send important emails again", Voice of the North, November 15).
To give him the benefit of the doubt, it may be that Mr Bradbourne has not entirely understood what a city region would do or the important strategic role it would play.
I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and say celebs were short on the ground that day!
'He isn't quite ready to be thrown straight in, but this trip will give him the benefit of finding out more about the first team.
He had only just bought himself another six weeks with yet another ``refinancing package'' and again the majority were prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt.
I give him the benefit of the doubt since he is an attorney and not an economist or accountant.
Of course he could be assembling a snooker table, but we'll give him the benefit of the doubt.