give someone the benefit of

give (someone) the benefit of (something)

To explain something to someone in great detail, often when doing so is unwelcome or unappreciated. Yes, Aunt Ida was so kind as to give me the benefit of the whole story of how she bought peaches by mistake.
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give someone the benefit of

— explain or recount to someone at length (often used ironically when someone pompously or impertinently assumes that their knowledge or experience is superior to that of the person to whom they are talking).
1999 Stage Our courses are delivered by 2 current TV personalities who will give you the benefit of their 6 years experience.
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Before you go switching off, give someone the benefit of the doubt and maybe what they have to say could actually get you excited?
SIR - As someone on the cusp of the big Eight-O, I have learned not to give someone the benefit of my opinion unless asked for it (Letters, August 11).
I've been through a lot professionally - both ups and downs - so if I can give someone the benefit of things I've learned along the way, it brings my career full circle.
The public is prepared to give someone the benefit of the doubt, everyone deserves a second - and if generosity prevails - a third chance.
You could also give someone the benefit of your thoughts on something.
You can give someone the benefit of the doubt or you can cut them off in that Scorpio way that you do; completely.
MAYBE you need to give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Whilst this weekend you may still be prepared to give someone the benefit of the doubt, your patience is not inexhaustible.
While you have hesitated recently and questioned certain decisions you needed to give someone the benefit of the doubt.
So, before you decide to give someone the benefit of your opinion, you may wish to attend to your own, less virtuous habits.
So, before you give someone the benefit of your opinion, attend to your own issues.
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