give somebody their due

give (one) (one's) dues

1. To give someone the appropriate payment for services or work that they have done. After intense negotiations, the local government will finally be giving rural farmers their dues.
2. To give someone that which they deserve, which can be a reward or retribution, depending on the situation. Don't worry about those stool pigeons, we'll be sure to give them their dues. After all her hard work, I really hope the company finally gives Mary her dues.
See also: due, give
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give somebody their ˈdue

give somebody the praise that they deserve: Helen may not be bright, but to give her her due, her work is always very accurate.
See also: due, give, somebody
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