give (something) to (someone)

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give (something) to (someone)

1. To pass or hand something to someone Can you give these files to Bob for me? I already gave my present to Mom—was I supposed to wait?
2. To bestow or gift something to someone. I plan to give my grandmother's ring to my daughter when she turns 18. Please give this money to the landscaper when he comes by later.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

give it to someone (straight)

to tell something to someone clearly and directly. Come on, give it to me straight. I want to know exactly what happened. Quit wasting time, and tell me. Give it to me straight.
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give something to someone

to bestow something, such as a gift, on someone. Please give this to Sally Wilson. Who gave this book to me? I want to thank whoever it was.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

give it to

Punish or reprimand, as in Dad really gave it to Tom for coming in so late. This expression, implying a physical or verbal attack, dates from the late 1500s. Also see give someone hell. In more recent times the expression gave rise to give it to someone straight, meaning "to tell someone something candidly and directly." For example, I asked the doctor to give it to use straight about Mother's condition.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

give it to

Informal
To punish or reprimand severely: My parents really gave it to me for coming in late.
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American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Well, it IS their turn, and I'd give something to know how much they'd take for it.
"I'd give something to be present when the question is asked!" Arthur whispered to me, as, at a signal from Lady Muriel, we moved on to where the hampers had been collected, and devoted ourselves to the more substantial business of the day.
"I should like to give something to old Raggles, hanged if I shouldn't.
It's just great to try and give something to the kids and tell them to try and fulfil their dreams.
Their mother Tina Swalwell, 27, said: "They said they wanted to give something to the poor children.
Kevin and I think we can still give something to help the team qualify for Euro 2012."
"I know what we're talking about and I will certainly give something to this club."
The artist, 70, said of his gift: "I thought 'If I'm going to give something to the Tate Iwant to give them something really good.'"
It isn't that I'm asking anything of God; I'm here to give something to God, just as I have to give something to people.
"We can try to be critical, to give something to the viewer, to raise some questions or doubts, but I don't think we can claim our work to be political," Ronicke said in a recent interview.
Mr Andrews said he was delighted to be able to give something to children at Easter.
When we give something to the arts--as students, artists, teachers, enthusiasts--we contribute something vital not only to the arts, but also to ourselves and to each other.
Give something to the young people and help them be who they want to be.
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