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give (one) ideas

To suggest something to one, to lead one to start believing (in) something, or to cause one want to start doing something. Used of suggestions, ideas, or beliefs that one wouldn't have thought of on their own, especially those that are foolish or negative. Of course we're not going to sell the house! Who gave you such ideas? I can't believe you were caught smoking. I bet it's that no-good Casey who gave you ideas like that. I heard that John's been giving his sister ideas that she was adopted.
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give somebody iˈdeas

(also put iˈdeas in/into somebody’s head) give somebody hopes about something that may not be possible or likely; make somebody act or think in an unreasonable way: Don’t keep telling him about your adventures in Africa. You’re giving him ideas.Who’s been putting ideas into his head?
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"And we obviously give ideas of what we would hope next year's car would have even if it's small things like buttons on the steering wheel and different positions and whatever," he added.
As such, each employee has a personal development plan with includes mentoring and coaching and is also given an opportunity to have a one-to-one session with our Chairman, at least annually, to discuss their development and training needs, strategy and to give ideas and air their views to the Board of Directors.
"I think most of us can relate to this subject, Horrible Bosses, the movie feature three guys in their quest to get rid of their bosses I'm pretty sure this movie will give ideas to many people, not me :p"
Interventions aimed at parents give ideas for establishing a schedule, introducing new foods, and teaching self-feeding, for example, and professional considerations such as identifying contributing factors, planning an intervention, evaluations, and behavioral solutions are discussed.
"I will help out and give ideas as a friend as the people involved in the company are very good friends of mine and hopefully we can have exciting times in the future."
Staff will be on hand to provide information and give ideas of places to visit and things to see and do in the borough this summer.
All the hotel's staff are being encouraged to pick up a leaflet highlighting the campaign and give ideas on how to make meetings more green.
He said: "It is totally abhorrent to give ideas as to how life can be so cheap."
Experts in education, as well as parents and students, had a chance to comment and give ideas for integrating technology and using it for school improvement.
`He does help and give ideas for initiatives,' she ended.
"Now, by going to the team, you can give ideas on something you don't even work on," he said.
He was speaking on his programme yesterday as he asked people to give ideas where his annual tour of Ireland should go.
After outlining general guidelines, chapters give ideas for specific types of programs such as author visits, poetry slams, technology and social networking, homework help, and teen advisory boards.