give (someone) the benefit of (something)

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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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He admitted: "I give the benefit of the doubt to Michael on everything - he's innocent until proven guilty - but I was thinking, 'figure out your s**t and I'll hold on to my son'.
Jack Soden, head of Elvis Presley Enterprises, said: "We've been happy to give the benefit of what we've learned to the heirs of deceased entertainers.
Which conveniently means he never has time to give the benefit of his wisdom on the previous 90 minutes.
To whom would she rather give the benefit of the doubt?
On a ball that lands so close to the line that you can't tell if it was in or out, you've got to give the benefit of the doubt to your opponent and play the shot.
White responded: "I always want to give the benefit of the doubt.
We are eager now to see her give the benefit of that insight and experience to the Times Scholars.
and if it does go to court, often the adjudicator will give the benefit of the doubt to the driver.
Unless I get overwhelmed by an offer, I'm going to give the benefit of doubt to everybody.