give (someone) the shirt off (one's) back

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give (someone) the shirt off (one's) back

To act in a very generous and selfless manner. I'm not surprised that Tammy loaned you money—she would give anyone the shirt off her back.
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give someone the shirt off one's back

Fig. to give anything that is asked for, no matter the sacrifice required. Tom would give any of his old army buddies the shirt off his back. You can always count on Mark when you're in trouble; he'd give you the shirt off his back.
See also: back, give, off, shirt

give the shirt off one's back

Give anything and everything one possesses. For example, Tom is truly generous-he'll give you the shirt off his back. This hyperbolic idiom was first recorded in 1771.
See also: back, give, off, shirt
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Friends described Nick Coyne as an amazing philanthropist, a loyal friend and devoted father, who would give the shirt off his back to a person in need.
He was known to literally give the shirt off his back if someone asked him for it.
"He'd give the shirt off his back if he could, he's just that type of person."
WORCESTER -- Known across Shrewsbury as a young man so generous and kind that he would give the shirt off his back, Andy Reese's legacy has him doing just that, posthumously, through a small army of volunteers who have taken his spirit to heart.
"When not consumed by the life that had engulfed him in recent years he was generous and would give the shirt off his back."
As a human being, he's the person who'd literally give the shirt off his back for someone," he added.
MAGPIES legend Peter Beardsley would give the shirt off his back for a Toon fan - and even his coat.
Davies is a huge Manchester United fan and the prospect of working with Robson - one of his heroes - played a big part in the deadlineday deal But the 20-year-old revealed the date already circled in his Premiership diary was his Boxing Day clash with Rio - and he is already planning to give the shirt off his back to meet his idol.
Steven, a man who would give the shirt off his back to anyone who needed it, will be remembered lovingly by all who had the opportunity to know him.
John Natoli would give the shirt off his back for someone.''
Diana added: "John is not very happy that our car was stolen - he'll give the shirt off his back for us to get it returned in one piece."
John Collins is prepared to give the shirt off his back to take fallen giants Everton back to the top ...
PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- Pita Taufatofua has shown once again he's willing to give the shirt off his back for Tonga in Olympic conditions, whether it be sun, snow or shine.