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give (someone) credit

1. To give someone praise or recognition. We must give Samantha credit for getting the project finished on time. You have to give John credit for the humility he shows regarding his financial success.
2. To grant or extend financial credit to someone. The shop gave us credit for the faulty television we bought last week. If the bank agrees to give me credit, I'll finally be able to get my business up and running.
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give credit

1. Also, extend credit. Trust someone to pay at some future time what he or she owes. For example, I haven't enough cash this month, so I hope they'll give me credit. This use of credit dates from the mid-1500s.
2. Acknowledge an accomplishment, as in They really should give her credit for the work she's done. [Late 1700s] The phrase is sometimes amplified to give credit where credit is due, meaning the acknowledgment should be to the person who deserves it. This expression was probably coined by Samuel Adams in a letter (October 29, 1777), which put it: "Give credit to whom credit due." It is sometimes put give someone their due, as in We should really give Nancy her due for trying to sort out this mess.
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These are traders who usually nobody wants to give them credit because they are not sure whether they will pay back or won't, but they are the vast majority of the Nigerian people, commercial persons.
Wales are better than most give them credit for - I'd say the same about Iceland except nobody gives them any credit at all, which is exactly how it should be.
I give them credit for keeping me on the straight and level here and not letting me get too disappointed."
We still give them credit today, making letters of credit unnecessary.
Either the Dems knew this was going to happen or they're stupider than I give them credit for, and I give them immense credit for being stupid.
He presents evidence that Neanderthals actually looked more like nonhuman primates yet were far more intelligent than we give them credit for.
Confused they may be, groping for answers and guidance, too--but modern teens are more savvy and experienced than most adults give them credit for being.
Any moral and political accusations should always be documented in order to give them credit.
But, after a week spent in the company of my own four- legged friend (my wife was away), I'm beginning to think that dogs have a better life than perhaps we give them credit for.
"They do work a lot closer than we give them credit for, and it is happening at the civil servant level," he says.
You wouldn't think anyone would fall for this pathetic money-laundering scam, butsome people are more gullible than you'd give them credit for.
"Plants are a lot more complicated than we give them credit for," comments Elliot M.
He said: "I've got to give them credit. It's a good joke."