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give (oneself) away

To reveal or make known—usually unintentionally—something about oneself, such as one's actions, intentions, ideas, guilt, etc. Margaret had been embezzling money from the corporate account for years, but she finally gave herself away when she claimed her two-month trip to Paris as a business expense. I wanted my acceptance to Harvard to be a surprise, but I gave myself away when I mentioned about moving in the autumn.
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give someone or something away

to reveal a secret about someone or something. I thought no one knew where I was, but my loud breathing gave me away. We know that Billy ate the cherry pie. The cherry juice on his shirt gave him away. I had planned a surprise, but John gave away my secret.
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give someone away

 (to someone)
1. Fig. [for the bride's father] to give the bride away to the groom. (Customarily done just prior to the actual marriage ceremony.) Mr. Franklin gave Amy away to Terry just as he had done in the rehearsal. He was reluctant to give his daughter away.
2. Fig. to reveal something secret about someone to someone else. Please don't give me away. I don't want anyone to know my plans. Alice did everything she could to keep from giving herself away.
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give something away

 (to someone)
1. to donate to, or bestow something upon, someone. I gave the old clothing away to Tom. I gave away my coat to Tom.
2. to tell a secret to someone. Please don't give the surprise away to anyone. Don't give away my secret.
3. to reveal the answer to a question, riddle, or problem to someone. Don't give the answer away to them! Don't give away the answer!
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give away

1. Make a gift of, bestow, as in I decided to give away all my plants. [c. 1400]
2. Present a bride to the groom in a marriage ceremony, as in Her father gave Karen away. [c. 1700]
3. Reveal or make something known, often unintentionally; also, betray or expose someone. For example, She gave away her true feelings, or He gave away his accomplices. This idiom is sometimes put as give oneself away, as in If you don't want the family to know about your gambling, don't give yourself away by spending your winnings . [Late 1800s]
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give away

1. To relinquish something; give something to another: The store is giving away free samples of cheese. I gave my old clothes away to charity.
2. To present a bride to her bridegroom at a wedding ceremony: Very often, the father gives away the bride. I gave my daughter away at her wedding.
3. To reveal something or make something known, often accidentally; divulge something: The preview gave away the film's surprise ending. The tone of the teacher's voice gave the answer away.
4. To betray someone: I tried to pass for a local resident, but my accent gave me away.
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References in classic literature ?
I know that you haven't a grain of sympathy for me--that you would rather see me suffer than not, and yet you see I give myself away entirely.
Look here," he exclaimed, "I don't think you ought to force me to give myself away like this, but, after all, you are an Englishman, with a stake in your country, and I presume you don't want her to take a back seat for the next few generations.
I dismissed it as ignoble, remembered my concept, and did not give myself away.
You were all so nice to me, and I didn't dare to be a bit nice to you lest I should give myself away.
I am afraid that I rather give myself away when I explain," said he.
Curse him," said Razumov to himself, "he is waiting behind his spectacles for me to give myself away.
Then a realization hits you with full force: I must give myself away.
I probably give myself away by walking around with a hoody and a hat and sunglasses, bent over and hiding my face," he said.
Well, I don't know if there are any republicans left in this country after that aquatic triumph" Boris Johnson, Mayor of London "I had a black and blue weekend rather than a red, white and blue one" Former Liberal Democrat MP Lembit Opik, after a bruising wrestling encounter "I probably give myself away by walking around in a hoodie and a hat and sunglasses, bent over and hiding my face.
He refused to give his last name for fear of reprisals, saying: "I only voted because I didn't want to give myself away.
I'd started to give myself away by vanishing in the middle of training sessions and the club had suggested I go for psychiatric help to deal with difficulties that had started a long time before.
I didn't want to use my flashlight and give myself away so I went the whole 2 miles in total darkness.
It was suffocating, and I feared I might sneeze and give myself away to the German guards.
But she is pleased about her current high TV profile 'I've spent many years being envious of other actresses of my age getting good parts when I couldn't give myself away,' she says with a satisfied smile.