give someone

give (one) enough rope

If you give people the opportunity to do something wrong or detrimental to themselves, they will usually do it; one does not need to interfere to bring about someone's downfall. The full version is, "Give (one) enough rope, and (one) will hang (one)self." Don't interrupt him with questions. Just let him keep talking and he'll incriminate himself. Give him enough rope and see what happens.
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give someone

see other entries beginning with give someone, or under give one, or look up the expression by its other words, as give the benefit of the doubt.
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The 6th District needs to move on from its ineffective, disconnected incumbent and give someone new a chance.
Paul, 52, said: "We had a really good response raffling off the business, and hopefully this will give someone a chance to establish themselves and the shop will thrive and be here for many years to come."
Also most GP surgeries will give someone an appointment the same day if it is deemed necessary.
"Give a policeman or woman a cheeky kiss, give someone you don't know a flower and have a public gallop" - Comedian Miranda Hart's Valentine's Day advice for singletons.
"We need to have give someone charge for a proper time period like India has done with Rahul Dravid," he said.
Time TIME is a passing we least respect It is something we can give or take Time is precious, more than gold But it is something we can't buy or make To give someone time is affection or love It's an endearing gift that's true Because time really means so very much It's a genuine gratuity, to whoever, from you To give your time is a pinnacle of donation Which you reach when you wish to be sincere For time is the one thing you cannot buy A chunk of your life - gone - to somebody dear.
If I'd be given the chance to give someone a gift, I'd give it to (MYX VJ) Ai dela Cruz.
When we give someone an Easter egg, we're really saying: Hold out hope!
The poll found 46 percent of voters said it's time for Warren to "give someone else a chance." The results came as some Democratic activists have discussed the possibility of (http://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/311436-top-15-democratic-presidential-candidates-in-2020) Warren running on the Democratic presidential ticket in 2020. 
Nicole's like that when she's about to give someone a yes or a no.
"I'd like them to give someone a five-year contract and for Mike Ashley to come out and say,'This is the man that the football board has chosen.
For me, I'd like them to give someone a five-year contract and for Mike Ashley to come out and say, 'This is the man that the football board has chosen.
Announcing his decision to stand down, Doran told his local party he believed it was now time to step aside and give someone else the chance to fight for the seat.
He said: "I'm hoping this will give someone a good start.
He admits shouting but not swearing, saying: "Tony Wells said 'give someone else the flag and move away from the playing area'.
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