give (one) ideas

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give (one) ideas

To suggest something to one, to lead one to start believing (in) something, or to cause one want to start doing something. Used of suggestions, ideas, or beliefs that one wouldn't have thought of on their own, especially those that are foolish or negative. Of course we're not going to sell the house! Who gave you such ideas? I can't believe you were caught smoking. I bet it's that no-good Casey who gave you ideas like that. I heard that John's been giving his sister ideas that she was adopted.
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give somebody iˈdeas

(also put iˈdeas in/into somebody’s head) give somebody hopes about something that may not be possible or likely; make somebody act or think in an unreasonable way: Don’t keep telling him about your adventures in Africa. You’re giving him ideas.Who’s been putting ideas into his head?
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Meet the new GEB girls and give them ideas by coming to the "Gab with the GEB" message board at NewMoon.com/voices/shout_out Any NMG member can contribute to NMG with Luna's Team assignments for the magazine and NewMoon.com (search "Luna's Team" atNewMoon.com).
The second half is aimed at veteran cruisers, updating them on routes, activities and ships to give them ideas for the future.
To encourage the pupils and give them ideas, the Student Council members have already made their hats, which they displayed in Friday's assembly.
It will be a 12-week programme which will include guided walks to encourage people to take part and to give them ideas on urban routes to take.
I make suggestions and give them ideas on how they can actively achieve their career goals and believe in their own potential for success," says Dale.
"I have friends in Australia and Holland who come up with ideas for us and we give them ideas.