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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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References in classic literature ?
Then you must give me credit for them," replied D'Artagnan, with his imperceptible irony.
If any doubt the accuracy of this assertion, as inferring more conscientious self-denial or Scipio-like self-control than they feel disposed to give me credit for, let them take into consideration the following circumstances, which, while detracting from my merit, justify my veracity.
You are very provoking, and will not give me credit for anything; but let me hear this second proof, which you yourself own to be absurd.